Property Licensing Consultation

What we are consulting on

We are consulting on the renewal of the additional HMO licensing scheme and the introduction of a selective licensing scheme to cover non HMO privately rented properties.

We have been operating an additional licensing scheme which covers all the HMOs (other than those already covered by mandatory licensing) in the city since 2011. An HMO is a property occupied by 3 or more persons forming 2 or more households.

We are considering these proposals due to the high levels of private rented homes in the city and the problems that often exist with poor conditions and home hazards within them.

We believe that the introduction of selective licensing and the renewal of the additional HMO licensing scheme is the most effective method of regulating and improving the conditions and management of properties in the private rented sector in the city.

The two licensing schemes will mean that property owners who privately rent their properties will be required to licence them and to comply with the licence conditions.  

For more information please see our Property Licensing Consultation Detailed Guidance.

For more information on Property Licensing Schemes, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To see the cabinet reports with details of the proposals please see the following reports that were taken to Cabinet on 9 September 2020:

Scope of the consultation

The consultation is for 12 weeks and is being carried out independently by Opinion Research Services (ORS) on behalf of Oxford City Council. 

The consultation aims to gather the views of all stakeholders. This includes landlords, agents, industry associations, residents and resident’s groups, private tenants, third sector organisations, advice agencies, registered housing providers, councillors, businesses and neighbouring authorities. The aim of the consultation is to give everyone the opportunity to have their say on the proposals and to ensure all views are recorded and properly considered. 

The consultation will run from 10 September to 3 December 2020.

We will consider the feedback received during the consultation before making a final decision and deciding whether to make any application to Government to introduce a selective licensing scheme or to make a designation to renew the additional licensing scheme. The final decision on the designations (if approved) will be made public through a press release and any appropriate statutory notices.

How to share your feedback

Please fill in the consultation questionnaire, available throughout the consultation period and designed to be completed by various types of stakeholder (including landlords, letting and managing agents, private tenants, other members of the public, organisations etc.

We encourage you to read about the proposals outlined in our Property Licensing Consultation Detailed Guidance before sharing your views.

Tell us your views by filling in our questionnaire

We prefer to receive your comments online however you can also provide feedback in writing to Opinion Research Services, FREEPOST SS1018, PO Box 530, SA1 1ZL, or by emailing [email protected].

Landlords and letting/managing agents are welcome to register for one of our consultation events. Please note: the current expectation is that these will be held virtually due to social distancing requirements.

Please remember that the consultation closes on 3 December 2020.

What happens to your feedback

We ask for your details on the survey so we can contact you to discuss your comments if we need to. A report will be taken to Cabinet which will be published on our website; your responses may be included but your name and details will not be.

All responses will be kept solely for the purposes of this consultation and will be destroyed securely 3 months after any final licensing designation is made.

Consultation events

The recent landlord and agent events generated a number of FAQs, which can be found here. If you were unable to attend the events you can still send us your feedback as detailed above. 

Further information

If you have any questions about this consultation please

  • Email [email protected]
  • Call 0800 324 7006
  • Write to Opinion Research Services, Freepost, SS1018, PO Box 530, Swansea SA1 1ZL.

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