News

Tenants and landlords asked to share views to council on property licensing scheme extension

The council is consulting for two new five-year property licensing schemes

Credit: JohnnyGreig via Canva

The council is inviting private renters and landlords to share their views on private property licensing as it explores the case for more licensing schemes from 2025.

The council is consulting for two new five-year property licensing schemes.

The first is a selective licencing scheme that will operate across 20 of the 22 wards in the borough (excluding Endlebury, and Hatch Lane and Highams Park North wards). from 1st May 2025 after the current scheme comes to a close on 30th April next year. Under the scheme, privately rented homes that are rented to single households or no more than two unrelated people would require a Selective Licence.


This story is published by Waltham Forest Echo, Waltham Forest's free monthly newspaper and free news website. We are a not-for-profit publication, published by a small social enterprise. We have no rich backers and rely on the support of our readers. Donate or become a supporter.


The second is a borough-wide Additional Licensing scheme that would cover all eligible house in multiple occupation (HMOs) not within the scope of Mandatory HMO Licensing. The proposed start date of the scheme is 1st April 2025.

A full list of the proposed fees for the schemes are available on the council’s website.

The consultation is open until Sunday 10th March. You can find further information here. Complete the questionnaire here


No news is bad news 

Independent news outlets like ours – reporting for the community without rich backers – are under threat of closure, turning British towns into news deserts. 

The audiences they serve know less, understand less, and can do less. 

In celebration of Indie News Week, Public Interest News Foundation's Indie News Fund will match fund all donations, including new annual supporter subscriptions for the month of June.

If our coverage has helped you understand our community a little bit better, please consider supporting us with a monthly, yearly or one-off donation. 

Choose the news. Don’t lose the news.

Monthly direct debit 

Annual direct debit

£5 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else, £10 per month supporters get a digital copy of each month’s paper before anyone else and a print copy posted to them each month.  £50 annual supporters get a digital copy of each month's paper before anyone else.

Donate now with Pay Pal

More information on supporting us monthly or annually 

More Information about donations