Croydon private rented property licence

The Housing Act 2004 has given councils the power to introduce the licensing of privately rented properties to improve conditions for tenants and the local community. This includes the licensing of family properties and smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMO) through a selective licensing or additional HMO licensing scheme.


In the period 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2020, as part of our scheme to make Croydon a ‘better place to rent’, we designated the borough a private rented property licence area. This made it a legal requirement for the owner or agents of every privately rented home in the borough to apply to us for a private rented property licence.

By the end of the scheme a total of 38,596 licences were issued and roughly 40% of licensed properties received a property inspection. 

There is currently no requirement to licence a private rented property in Croydon, unless it falls under the mandatory houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing scheme.

Read more about the HMO licence.

Licensing benefits

Licensing ensures the suitability of the proposed licence holder to manage their properties by complying with the licence conditions.

Compliance requires:

  • six monthly inspections
  • targeted inspections where necessary
  • fire alarm checks
  • new tenant checks
  • locally managed properties and not by absent landlords
  • tenancy problems are dealt with quickly


Under the licensing scheme, unlicensed landlords can face unlimited fines if prosecuted through the courts, or up to £30,000 if issued by the council.

Further information

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