Houses in Multiple Occupation
The Council's 2011 Additional HMO Licensing Scheme came to an end on 18th September 2016. This scheme applied to some buildings converted into self-contained flats, and smaller shared houses and flats that were not mandatorily licensable.
If you had an Additional HMO licence which expired on the above date, you should have received a letter from the Council, explaining what happens after the expiry of the scheme. However, you may find the following information helpful.
I had an Additional licence that has now expired, what should I do?
If you were the HMO licence holder for a building, and you are also a landlord for one or more rented flats in the block, each of these flats now requires a Selective licence. Alternatively if your HMO licence was for a single house or flat that was shared by multiple households under a single tenancy, this will also require a Selective Licence. If you have not already licensed your flats, you should do so as soon as possible. Selective licences are applied for entirely online, and for more information please refer to the online information here.
Do my licence conditions still apply?
Conditions applied to HMO licences technically cease to have effect when the HMO licence expires. However, you should be aware that other legislation still applies to HMOs, even after your licence has come to an end. This includes 'Management Regulations' for HMOs, and Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 which requires the Council to take enforcement action if it identifies certain hazards in residential dwellings. The advice to previous HMO licence holders is therefore to continue to comply with all licence conditions, especially those relating to fire safety and means of escape. Failure to do so may result in other enforcement action being taken against you. Please contact us if you need advice about the licensing conditions applied to your licence.
Why has the additional licensing scheme come to an end, and will there be another scheme?
Additional Licensing schemes can only run for a maximum of 5 years. Before introducing such a scheme, the Council is required to submit a detailed report to its members supporting the need for such a scheme, and also carry out a public consultation exercise. This is an extensive exercise which ensures that any scheme we seek to operate is proportionate, appropriate and justified.
The Council is considering the need to introduce a new HMO licensing scheme to replace the 2011 scheme, and a public consultation exercise will be starting in April 2017. If approved, we expect the new scheme to be in operation from Spring 2018, although this may be subject to change, and further news on this will posted on our website as it becomes available.
My HMO licence lasted for less than 5 years - am I entitled to a refund?
HMO licences issued under the Council's Additional Licensing Scheme only ran until the end of the scheme under which they were issued. This did mean that those applying for a licence close to the end of the scheme will have received a relatively short licence period. The fee charged for licences reflects the cost to the Council of administering the application and issuing process, and carrying out associated inspections or enforcement. We therefore do not give refunds for shorter licence periods issued under the 2011 scheme.
Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Report an empty home
- Report a rogue Landlord
- HMO enquiries
- Report housing disrepair
- I need landlord advice
- Report nuisance from another property
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