Redbridge Selective Licensing Consultation 2022

Closed 31 Jan 2023

Opened 1 Nov 2022


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Consultation on proposals to renew selective licensing of private rented properties in Redbridge

Property licensing is a tool that assists local authorities to improve property conditions and the management of privately rented properties allowing private renters to access safer accommodation.

Under selective licensing, landlords who privately rent out homes to a single household or two unrelated sharers will require a licence from the Council to legally let their properties. The Council are consulting on proposals for the renewal and expansion of selective licensing in Redbridge. The proposal identifies 18 wards across the borough that could meet the Housing Act 2004 criteria for local authorities to implement selective licensing. These include the size of the private rented sector, poor housing conditions and anti-social behaviour. The wards identified for inclusion are: Aldborough, Barkingside, Chadwell, Churchfields, Clementswood, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Hainault, Ilford Town, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Seven Kings, South Woodford, Valentines, Wanstead Village, Wanstead Park. You can view the map here.

Selective licensing has been in place in Redbridge since 2017 previously covering 14 wards. The additional new areas proposed to be included affect parts or all of Barkingside, Fairlop, Hainault, Wanstead Park and Wanstead Village, not covered in our previous schemes (See map here showing the changes) The proposals include refreshed licensing conditions and an expanded inspection model providing an enhanced scheme/schemes. Selective licensing is also now in force in many of our neighbouring authorities including Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Waltham Forest, Enfield, Haringey and Havering.

The Council want to continue to build on our previous and current schemes to make sure that private rented properties in Redbridge provide good quality rented accommodation that is safe and well managed. Should a new scheme or schemes be approved, all private landlords who let properties in the proposed licensing areas will require a licence to rent their property. The private rented sector is the largest growing housing sector in the borough and is very important to the Council and our residents.

Why your views matter

Before making a decision, the Council want to hear your views about the proposals and any alternatives that they could consider. Before responding to this survey, we recommend reading the background information about the proposed schemes, which can be found here.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

We have also put together a document which provides answers for all of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that relate to this consultation. You can view the document by clicking here and we will update this section with further frequently asked questions that arise. 


Virtual Workshops: 

Please note that Redbridge Council will be holding two virtual workshops to hear the views of landlords and tenants on the selective licensing renewal proposals. If you would like to take part then please see below for full details:   

Landlord Focus Group on Thursday 24 November from 7pm – 8.30 pm via Teams. Please email us to book your free place (

Tenant Focus Group on Tuesday 17 January 2023 from 7pm – 8.30 pm via Teams. Please email us to book your free place (


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