HMO Licensing Scheme Update
Brighton and Hove City Council are introducing a Citywide Licensing Scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) from 1st March 2018. There are certain categories of properties and households which are subject to this new licensing regulation.
In this post we will brief you with the information provided to us by Brighton and Hove Council, offer support solutions, and useful links.
As of 4th November 2017, the original Additional Licensing Scheme ended in the initial five wards within Brighton and Hove; these wards were Hanover & Elm Grove, Moulsecoombe & Bevendean, St Peters & North Laine, Hollingdean & Stamner, and Queens Park.
New Licensing Scheme
As of 1st March 2018, the new regulations for the Additional Licensing scheme will come into effect and be introduced citywide. New Additional Licensing affects properties in the following categories:
• Two or more stories, or situated above a commercial premises (attics and basements are included as a storey if they are used as part of living accommodation), and
• Properties occupied by three or more people who are sharing and not from the same family/ household (two people cohabiting is regarded as one household e.g. a couple with children is regarded as one household), and
• Who share a kitchen, bathroom, or toilet facility
The Environmental Health Office at Brighton & Hove City Council have advised us that if a licence application has not been submitted on the 1st March 2018 for a licensable property for either renewal or a new application (along with the supporting documentation and payment), the property will be operating outside of the law.
Please note that applications cannot be submitted prior to the 1st March 2018. Please find below links for the cost, the application form, and useful information; a list of documents that are required can be found on the first page of the application form. If you have an expired or current licence we have been advised you can renew rather than submitting a new application; the benefit being a reduction in fee. However you must quote your HMO licence number found on your initial application or the licence itself.
How can Parks assist?
If you have any questions regarding the change in legislation, please contact Antony Rummins or Graham Jasper on 01273 202089 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to provide you with support, further details and answer any questions. Should you require a licence we are pleased to offer our clients a service to complete the application form on your behalf, submit the tenancy agreement, gas safety certificate, energy performance certificate, produce the required floor plan and submit the licensing fee on your behalf. You will be requested to supply Electrical Installation PAT and Fire Alarm Certificate, these may form part of your special conditions and we can arrange quotes upon request. Please contact us to find out more regarding this service.