Property Licensing Consultation

As part of the process for the renewal of the additional HMO licensing scheme and the introduction of a selective licensing scheme to cover non HMO privately rented properties, the Council carried out a consultation exercise between 10 September and 31 December 2020. This consultation exercise has now finished.

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.

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:

What happens next?

The Council will consider the feedback received from the consultation exercise, before making the 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 HMO licensing scheme. The final decision on the designations (if approved) will be made public through a press release and any appropriate statutory notices.

A report will be taken to a future Council Cabinet meeting in March 2021 which will include a report on the consultation exercise provided by ORS who undertook the consultation on our behalf.

What happens to your feedback

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.

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