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Ten weeks of consultation by Portsmouth City Council has finished with 1050 responses received on the questions asked about expanding the licensing scheme for shared homes.

Licences are required for all 1,200 shared homes with at least five tenants. The council is asking people whether it should join cities such as Southampton and Brighton in licencing homes with three or four tenants too.

All opinions given during this consultation will be analysed and presented to the council’s cabinet members for a decision on whether to adopt the additional licensing proposals.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Preventing Homelessness, Cllr Darren Sanders, said:

“I am delighted to have so many people reply to this consultation and thanks to everyone who took the time to do so.

Many people worry about renting privately and we want to make it easier and safer for them to do so. The excellent response means it will take some time to review and analyse what people have said. That means we are looking at a decision later this year”

If the policy change is approved, the first licences could be issued in spring 2023.

The licensing process sets conditions we expect landlords to meet when renting properties, covering aspects of home safety, standards of accommodation and management.