Have your say on Croydon's landlord licensing scheme

Why are we doing this?

In 2015 we introduced a borough-wide, five-year landlord licensing scheme which will end on 30 September 2020. Following a paper to cabinet in October we are now consulting on proposals to continue to license private rented properties in Croydon. Consultation closes 11.59pm Monday 9 March.

Since the introduction of the current selective licensing scheme, a new law has come in requiring councils to gain permission from Government for any new landlord licensing schemes covering more than 20% of a borough. The proposed scheme must be supported by evidence for how it meets the criteria for landlord licensing.

Before making a decision about whether to submit our application to government, we want to understand the views of our residents, businesses, private tenants, landlords and all other Croydon groups on our proposals and their possible impacts.

What do we want to know?

Have your say on proposals for the future of landlord licensing in Croydon. Get involved by completing the consultation questionnaire at www.opinionresearch.co.uk/croydon  

Proposals for a borough-wide scheme

Our preferred option would be to continue our current approach and introduce a new selective licensing scheme to cover the whole of the borough, as most of Croydon has a higher proportion of private rented properties than the national average.. Evidence from our current scheme also shows that there are significant issues with property conditions, home hazards and deprivation. In wards where the level of private renting is slightly lower than the national average, there is still evidence of anti-social behaviour that appears to be linked to privately rented properties.

Details of the proposals for a borough-wide scheme are on pages 23 to 26 of the consultation document

Proposals for a more limited scheme

We are also considering another option for a more limited scheme, covering around 97% of Croydon’s private rented sector but partially excluding some wards where the number of privately rented properties is lower than the national average. The scheme would include the 22 Croydon wards with high numbers of private rented properties, plus 16 small, specific pockets of high private renting areas in the remaining 6 wards.

This is not the preferred option as there is concern this approach may cause displacement of problems in the private rented sector to areas not covered by a licensing scheme.

Details of the proposals for a more focussed scheme are on pages 20 to 22 of the consultation document.

More information and links to documents

Printed copies of the consultation documents will be available to view at all Croydon libraries.

If you would like a paper copy or to receive this information in large print, braille, audio or another language, contact us at CPRPLconsultation@croydon.gov.uk or 020 8760 5476.

Croydon property licensing consultation document

Option 1 designation 1 address list

Option 1 designation 2 address list


CPRPL 2020 proposed licensing conditions

CPRPL 202 proposed licensing fees

Croydon property licensing consultation summary




What we found out
What difference has it made?
Location:  London Borough of Croydon
Project start date16 December 2019
Report availableDue 30 April 2020
Reference year2019