Selective licensing applies to all privately rented residential properties occupied by one or two persons, or one family households located in these 14 wards (areas) across the borough:
Landlords must apply for a licence for each property they rent out in these wards.
If you need to check which ward your property falls within, see our borough and ward profiles page.
To check if your property requires a selective licence, see what is selective licensing?
Selective licensing applies to properties that are let to one or two people, or one family households.
Where there are multiple rented flats in the same block or building that are owned or managed by the same person, the building may qualify for a single selective licence. Usually each separate flat in a building will need its own individual licence.
Individual licences are of benefit to landlords if they want to make physical alterations to, sell or change a managing agent for one of the flats. They can do so without affecting the licences of all the other flats in the block.
A single licence for the entire block in any of these events will require a variation of the licence or even a new application.
If you want to apply for a single selective license for the entire block of flats under the same ownership and management control, you should contact us for further advice before making an application.
You can view the register of all licensed properties within Enfield by visiting the property licence register.
Before applying for a licence, you will need the following information to complete your application:
For a landlord, letting or management agent to be given a private rented property licence, they will need to prove they are a 'fit and proper' person. This will involve making a declaration to confirm their status about any criminal offences.
Failure to meet the fit and proper person test may result in an application for a licence being refused.
In deciding whether someone is fit and proper, we must consider:
We may also decide a person is not fit and proper due to association with other persons not considered fit and proper, and where this would affect the management of a licensed property. The proposed licence holder and managing agent, if applicable, must also be able to prove that satisfactory management and financial arrangements are in place for the property.
You can apply for a property licence if you're the property owner, the manager employed by the owner, or the person in receipt of the rent.
The licence holder should have the power to:
If the property is managed by someone other than the licence holder, such as a letting or managing agent, the licence holder should make sure:
A copy of the contract between the owner and the agent must be provided. This must include a declaration that the agent is fully aware and compliant with the licence conditions and there are satisfactory management arrangements in place.
Applications for a property licence from a non-UK resident will only be considered valid if there is a managing agent based in the UK. The managing agent must agree to the conditions and obligations imposed in the licence conditions by signing a declaration.
Applications from a limited company need to provide:
Applications will only be accepted from companies with a UK registered office.
If your property is in one of the 14 wards (areas) you will need to make an application for a licence. You can visit Electoral Calculus to check which ward your property is in. This link is to an external site and Enfield Council is not responsible for the information provided.
Selective licence applications must be made online through the property licensing website. For guidance on the application process and how to apply for a licence, view the property licensing application process (PDF).
The property licensing website - which you can access through phone, tablet and PC devices - allows you to make multiple licence applications, pay the licence fee and provide the necessary documentation. You will need to create a new user account before you can make a licence application.
We aim to process your application within 60 working days. If there is any information missing or more details are needed, we will contact you. It's important the email address and contact numbers you provide in your application are correct and up to date.
The fee for a selective licence fee is £600.
Part 1 is £260 and is due when the application is made. Part 2 is £340 and will be payable when the licence is granted.
If your property is already licensed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) under Enfield's mandatory or additional HMO licensing schemes, you do not need to apply for a selective licence. Each property is only subject to one type of residential licensing scheme.
A licence is usually for a period of five years from the date that it is issued. The council may issue a licence for a shorter period, subject to additional conditions if there are concerns about the management arrangements or standards.
Some tenancies and licences are exempt. These can be found under The Selective Licensing of Houses (Specified Exemptions) (England) Order 2006.
You will need to use the property licensing website to make changes to an existing licence. This may include:
If your private rented property falls within the designated area for selective licensing and you think it is exempt from the requirement of property licensing, you will need to apply for a temporary exemption notice.
If you are unsure if your property is exempt or requires a temporary exemption notice, contact the private rented sector licensing team by emailing email@example.com.