The additional licensing scheme has been introduced with a ‘grace’ period from 1 September to 1 December 2023. This is to recognise that this is a new process for landlords and agents.
Support with applications is available by contacting the licensing team on 023 9284 1659 or by emailing email@example.com. A proportionate approach will be taken to enforcement where landlords are able to demonstrate they have taken all reasonable steps to comply with the scheme.
Failure to apply for a licence is an offence under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004, which upon summary conviction may render a person liable to an unlimited fine.
An application may also be made to the residential property service for a rent repayment order. Should an order be made, there may be a requirement to repay housing benefit paid to an occupier of the house in multiple occupation while the property was unlicensed.
A person may also be liable to a civil penalty under Section 249A of up to £30,000.
For further information on how the private sector housing team enforce its regulatory powers in the private sector, read our enforcement policy