CONSULTATION ON PROPOSALS FOR ADDITIONAL LICENSING OF HOUSES IN MULTIPLE OCCUPATION (HMOs)
 

The current scheme of Additional Licensing of HMOs is due to finish on the 31st December 2018.  The Council is considering introducing a new scheme of Additional Licensing to be implemented from the 1 January 2019 and is consulting on its proposals from Tuesday 1 May 2018 to Tuesday 10  July 2018.

Details of the Council’s proposal’s can be found in the Consultation document.

What is additional licencing?

Before the 1st January 2014, only HMOs which have 3 or more storeys* and are occupied by 5 or more people, that form two or more households, needed a Licence (this excludes self-contained flats).  In Nottingham however, the Council has implemented an Additional Licensing scheme, which requires all privately rented HMOs, which are located within a designated area, to be licensed.  Additional Licensing will operate in the same way and alongside the existing Mandatory Licensing scheme.  The same process will be followed, with the same legal obligations and penalties for failing to comply with the requirements.

* 'Storeys' can include basements and loft conversions but not usually cellars or attics (unless they are converted into living accommodation).

Why is Additional Licensing being introduced?

The Council is introducing an Additional Licensing scheme in Nottingham to:

  • Ensure that these HMOs are managed properly
  • Improve neighbourhoods in the designated area
  • Reduce complaints of noise, rubbish, housing disrepair and other anti-social behaviour related to HMOs
  • Continue to improve the HMO private rented sector
  • Ensure the Licence holder and manager are suitable
  • Ensure fundamental basic standards of accommodation are provided including safe gas and electrics, fire safety, suitable room sizes and adequate provision of kitchens and bathrooms for the number of occupants
  • Assist in identifying and dealing with rogue landlords

Landlords and managing agents will need to apply for a Licence to run a property as a HMO if:

  • The property is occupied by 3 or more people 
  • The tenants form 2 or more households
  • It falls within the Additional Licensing designated area

The Additional Licence will help ensure the fundamental basic standards of accommodation are provided for tenants, which include; safe gas and electrics, fire safety, suitable room sizes, and adequate provision of kitchens and bathrooms for the number of occupants.  The Licence also requires that the HMO is maintained so that it doesn't have a negative impact on the local neighbourhood, and that reasonable steps are taken to deal with any anti-social behaviour by the occupants.

Landlords and managing agents who own or manage a HMO located within the designated area have a legal obligation to hold a Licence and ensure they comply with the conditions. Those not meeting the basic requirements may need to make improvements to the property to bring them up to standard.  Landlords failing to do so may incur penalties and could be prosecuted. 

The Additional Licensing designation (area) covers a significant part of the city centre and inner city areas. The designation covered includes some or all of the following areas: Arboretum, Dunkirk, Lenton, the Meadows, Sneinton, the Park, Radford, Hyson Green, Forest Fields, New Basford, Carrington, St Ann's and Mapperley. 

To find out if a property is within the designation visit:

 http://geoserver.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/myproperty.

Consultation Event for Landlord/Agent Monday 25 June 2018 – 12 till 2pm, Council House Ball Room

Consultation Event for Tenants Tuesday 26 June 2018 – 3 till 5pm, Council House Ball Room

For further information and to take part in the consultation survey, please go to:

www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/additionalhmo.