The implementation of additional licensing was agreed by cabinet members and came into effect on 26 August 2013. This means that all other houses in multiple occupation within the following postcodes are subject to additional licensing:
The additional licensing scheme will cover all other HMOs within this area that are not subject to mandatory licensing. This will properties within the above postcodes which house three or more occupiers forming two or more households, including shared houses, bedsits, and some flats where there is some sharing of the kitchen/bathroom. This includes houses rented by students.
The scheme also includes buildings which have been converted into flats, and are normally defined as section 257 properties. A section 257 HMO is a building that has been converted into a block of flats, which are all now self-contained, which do not comply with current building regulations, and less than two-thirds of the flats are owner-occupied.
Please note: the only section 257 properties that will be subject to additional licensing will be converted buildings that are wholly tenanted. Properties that do not require a licence are as follows:
- Houses occupied by single households
- Houses where there are up to 2 lodgers in addition to the main household
- Households that act as host families for foreign students studying for short periods in these areas.
- Tenants of Housing Association or Registered Providers
- Student accommodation operated or owned by an approved educational establishment
The licensing application forms can be found below, along with the licence fees. The application for a licence must be made by either the owner of the HMO or by the person managing the HMO.