Private Rented Sector Licensing

Closed 25 Aug 2019

Opened 10 Jun 2019

Results Updated 25 Oct 2019

The formal consultation period of approximately eleven weeks began on 10th June and ended on 25th
August 2019. During this period, residents and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback through
the following:


  • A consultation questionnaire available for any interested party to complete, which attracted 1,110 responses;
  • A face-to-face residents’ survey based on 600 interviews representative at borough level, to provide an accurate profile of opinions in the general population across Brent (plus an additional 100 interviews just outside the borough boundary, aimed at understanding views in adjacent areas);
  • A large event for landlords and representatives of letting and managing agents, for which around 570 reserved places, and around 300 participants attended;
  • Two deliberative focus groups with local residents, involving 24 participants in total;
  • A meeting involving six key stakeholders (including the Fire Brigade, landlord representative bodies, and organisations that support local residents/tenants).
  • Written submissions: stakeholders were able to provide their views by writing to LBB or ORS (16 were shared with ORS and have been summarised in the report).



Have your say on landlord licensing in Brent’s private rented sector

Do you want to see standards improve in private rented sector housing in Brent? Have your say on private rented sector housing in the borough by taking part in our online survey on landlord licensing. The consultation takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 25 August 2019.

Click on this link to have your say:


Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read our consultation proposals below in related documents section.


Why We Are Consulting

Who is consulting?

Brent Council’s Private Housing Service

Consultation portal:

Why are we consulting?

  1. The Council already operates a ‘Mandatory Licensing Scheme’ that covers houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) occupied by 5 or more people; a borough-wide ‘Additional licensing’ scheme introduced in 2014 for HMOs occupied by less than 5 people, and two Selective licensing schemes.  The earlier Selective scheme, which was introduced in 2014, covers the electoral wards of Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central; and the later scheme introduced in 2018 covers the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park.
  2. We are now consulting on proposals to:
    1. Renew the Additional Licensing scheme for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) across the borough which expires on 31 December 2019
    2. Renew the Selective Licensing scheme for three wards – Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central, which expires on 31 December 2019, and to
    3. Extend Selective Licensing to Alperton, Barnhill, Brondesbury Park, Fryent, Northwick Park, Preston, Queensbury, Sudbury, Tokyngton (excluding Wembley Park) and Welsh Harp wards.


  1. If the scheme proposals are introduced it would mean that all HMOs in Brent, and also other privately rented properties within the above designation areas would require a licence. The licensing schemes will enable the Council to continue to tackle the problems of poorly managed houses, poor property conditions, anti-social behaviour and deprivation in Brent. 

The consultation is being organised by Brent Council but an Independent company named Opinion Research Services (ORS) will gather the responses on our behalf. We are interested in hearing your views on the proposals.

Proposed Designations - Maps of Proposed Designations

Other useful information may be added to the relevant section of this page throughout the consultation period.

When is the consultation taking place?

Start:  10 June, 2019      End: 25, August2019

Who is being consulted?

Target Group:  Anyone likely to be affected by the proposals but notably, Residents, Tenants, Landlords and Managing Agents, Businesses and Neighbouring Boroughs              

Geographic area:  Borough-wide               

Consultation methods: Online questionnaire (paper version available on request), stakeholder forums and face to face interviews.

DROP-IN SESSIONS: Landlord licensing consultation

Ask questions and find out information about the landlord licensing consultation that is running until 25 August:

Brent Landlords Forum – Brent Civic Centre 25 June 2019 from 6 p.m. Click here to register to attend

Brent Connect Forums –

Drop-in session – Brent Civic Centre 10 am – 2 pm, 30 July 2019

Drop-in Session – Willesden Library 10 am – 2 pm, 8 August 2019



Brent Council: Tony Jemmott, Private Housing Service Manager

                           Brent Private Housing Licensing Team

                           Brent Civic Centre

                           Engineers Way Wembley HA9 0FJ


Contact Email:

Contact Telephone: 020 8937 2384/5



Other Contact:

Opinion Research Services (ORS) –

Contact Email:

Contact Telephone: 01792 535300

Address: The Strand, Swansea, SA1 1AF


  • Drop in session - Landlord licencing consultation

    From 30 Jul 2019 at 10:00 to 30 Jul 2019 at 14:00

    Ask questions and find out information about the landlord licensing consultation that is running until 25 August:

    Brent Civic Centre (in the Foyer), Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

  • Drop in session - Landlord licencing consultation

    From 8 Aug 2019 at 10:00 to 8 Aug 2019 at 14:00

    Ask questions and find out information about the landlord licensing consultation that is running until 25 August:

    Willesden Library Centre, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF


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