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Renewal of the Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation

Meeting: 19/11/2015 - Cabinet (Item 278)

278 Renewal of the Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Report of the Divisional Director of Commissioning.

Additional documents:




(1)          it be noted that consultation on the renewal started in April 2015;


(2)          the proposed Additional Licensing Scheme to license Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) of any number of storeys occupied by three or more unrelated people be agreed;


(3)          the Designation be made on 1 December 2015, to come into force on 1 March 2016 after the statutory 3 month period;


(4)          the Corporate Director of Community be authorised to take all steps necessary to publicise, commence and administer the scheme including the issuing and amending of licences;


(5)          it be noted that the fee was set at the level to recover the cost to administer the scheme.


Reason for Decision:  To help deal with complaints relating to overcrowding, anti-social behaviour, overflowing bins, lack of fire safety and amenities.  To ensure compliance from landlords thereby benefiting tenants and neighbours alike.  To adhere with the overall policy of the Council to address private rented sector premises to ensure standards were met, in line with the use of Mandatory HMO and Selective Licensing.  As the majority of the housing stock and HMOs in the borough were two storey properties and not subject to mandatory licensing, additional licensing would enable the Council to protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.