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News: Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

Sat, 24 Jul 21

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords.

Charnwood council has now approved the conditions for the Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing schemes set to go live in January of next year. 

HMO Licensing is a borough-wide scheme for any HMO which does not already hold a mandatory licence and is occupied by three or four unrelated persons.

Selective Licensing in two wards focuses on privately rented accommodation and aims to improve standards. Selective Licensing requires all landlords operating within the two wards to licence their property.

The conditions for each scheme relate to the management of the property and include conditions relating to gas and electrical safety, smoke alarms, storage and disposal of household waste, energy performance, security, property management and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Each licence will last for five years and councillor Paul Mercer, the lead member for private housing, says: “I am pleased the conditions for these licensing schemes have been approved and we can now move forward with implementing the schemes from January 2022.

"There are many good landlords in the borough who care about their tenants and understand their broader responsibilities, but we have some properties which are poorly managed or have a negative effect on the community.

"These licensing schemes will help to improve the standards of properties for tenants and the impact HMOs have on the local area.

 

“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to have their say on the two consultations held in relation to the schemes and the licence conditions.

"Alongside the consultations we have also hosted several landlord forums where landlords and letting agents had the opportunity to raise questions and find out more about the schemes.”

Landlords will be responsible for paying for the licence and any income generated from the fees will only be used to cover the schemes’ running costs; and landlords will be required to apply for a licence before the scheme is introduced.

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