LB Hillingdon will be able to require landlords renting properties to five or more tenants to have a Council-approved licence from January.
The licence scheme is aimed at controlling and improving the house-in-multiple-occupation (HMO) sector. Hillingdon are only the second council in London to be given the new power by Government.
Councillor Philip Corthorne, cabinet member for adult social care, health and housing, told the Uxbridge Gazette: “As most of these type of properties in Hillingdon are two storey the current National Mandatory Licensing scheme, which only applies to three storey properties has had little impact. Having to be licensed should improve standards in the majority of HMOs for the benefit of tenants and local residents.”