Selective Licensing for properties in the private rented sector

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Closes 20 May 2022


We have launched a consultation on plans to implement a selective licensing scheme covering all privately rented properties occupied by a single household or two unrelated individuals in certain parts of the borough.

We are proposing three selective licensing designations that would cover 16 wards for a period of five years. If approved, all landlords and or managing agents with properties in the area that are privately rented to single households (or two sharers) will need to apply for a licence to legally let the property.

Designation One would cover Brockley, Lewisham Central, New Cross, Rushey Green, Catford South and Perry Vale wards (focused on reducing anti-social behaviour and improving housing conditions).

Designation Two would cover Evelyn, Ladywell, Lee Green, Sydenham and Crofton Park wards (focused on improving housing conditions).

Designation Three would cover Bellingham, Downham, Forest Hill, Grove Park and Whitefoot wards (focused on raising the living conditions of the most deprived).

We want all landlords, tenants, residents and business owners to have a say on housing in the community. That’s why we have extended the consultation period and made the consultation quicker and easier to complete.

Details of the Mayor & Cabinet decision to consult on selective licensing in the private rented sector can be found here.