Following public consultation, we approved two new private rented property licensing schemes in January 2020. The proposed schemes aim to improve property conditions and management standards in the private rented sector, reduce deprivation and tackle antisocial behaviour. These schemes will help us to regulate conditions, management and occupation of privately rented properties in the borough.
To view the consultation documents visit Mel Research.
Mandatory houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing was introduced in 2006 and required certain large HMOs to be licensed before they could be let out to tenants. From 1 October 2018, the mandatory HMO licensing scheme was extended to include properties with fewer than three storeys. You will need a mandatory HMO licence to rent out your property if it is occupied by five or more people forming more than one household who share some amenities, such as a kitchen or bathroom.
For more information see our houses in multiple occupation page.
A borough wide additional licensing scheme will come into effect on 1 September 2020. This will apply to properties occupied by three or more people forming more than one household who share some amenities, such as a kitchen or bathroom. These are properties that are not covered by the mandatory HMO licensing scheme.
For more information, see our houses in multiple occupation page.
We approved the introduction of a selective licensing scheme to cover single family private rented homes in 14 wards (areas) across the borough. In these wards, landlords would need to have a licence for each house they rent out.The licensing scheme now needs government approval before it can be implemented.
Enfield Council approved the additional licensing scheme in January 2020.
Additional licensing will come into effect borough-wide on 1 September 2020. This is for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) that are privately rented and occupied by three or four people forming more than one household, and sharing amenities under one or more tenancies.
View the public notice for the designation (PDF).
Before applying for an additional HMO licence, see information on the licensing process.
The feedback from the consultation was carefully considered and is detailed below. Following this consideration, we do not propose to change the proposed schemes or licence fees but are proposing some amendments to licence conditions. As a result of feedback, the changes we have made are:
Enfield Council's Cabinet considered and approved the additional licensing scheme.
Additional licensing will come into effect, borough-wide on 1 September 2020, for all HMOs that are privately rented and occupied by three or more people forming two or more households sharing amenities under one or more tenancies.
Enfield Council's Cabinet considered and approved the selective licensing scheme.
Selective licensing of this scale requires the confirmation of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). An application will be made for approval.
You can report issues with a privately rented property confidentially to us, such as:
This will help us improve the borough for everyone and hold landlords to account for poor management of private rented properties.
We will only contact you if you provide your contact details and confirm that you're happy for us to do so.
If you think a private rented property doesn't have a licence, you should check the online register before reporting.