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All Landlords Should Read This

From 1 October 2017, landlords of certain types of homes will require a licence from Royal Greenwich. 

‘Early bird’ discounts are being offered to landlords registering for a licence in the first 6 months of the scheme. For a complete list of fees, charges, discounts and how to apply, please visit:

To ensure that tenants have safe, secure and properly regulated homes, Royal Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). An HMO is a home which is: 
•       occupied by more than one household that shares the bathroom, toilet or kitchen
•       occupied by more than one household and the flats are not entirely self-contained, whether facilities are shared or not
•       converted, self-contained flats that do not meet the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations, and at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.

Licensing these flats and houses helps to ensure that this type of housing meets legal health and safety standards, is well run and provides enough essential bathroom and kitchen facilities for tenants. An extensive public consultation was carried out from November 2016 to February 2017 on extending HMO licensing. 80% of residents and tenants who responded were in favour of the changes. 

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment said:
“Properly regulated and licensed properties are good for both tenants and landlords. Renters can move into a property with confidence, knowing that it’s been licensed by Royal Greenwich and is in a condition which we all rightfully expect. Landlords can also market their properties as fully licensed, offering a suitable range of facilities. I encourage landlords to register for their early bird discounts and work with us as we improve the quality of homes on offer to tenants across the borough.” 

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