Private Rented Sector licensing proposals 2017

Consultation on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city has now closed. The aim of the proposals is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city's private rented housing and you can find further details below.

The consultations closed at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017. We'd like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation. A report on the results of the consultation is going to the Housing & New Homes Committee on 15 November 2017. You can also read the report on the responses to the licensing consultations (PDF 2.41mb).

The full background on the decision to propose the schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016  and 14 June 2017.

Additional licensing consultation

Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory scheme applies​ where certain conditions are met. The council has been operating schemes in parts of the city since 2012, and the proposal is to implement the scheme city-wide. These would be properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Further information on the additional licensing proposal is below.

Selective licensing consultation 

Selective licensing enables authorities to licence privately rented accommodation other than HMOs where certain conditions are met. The proposed selective licensing scheme would apply to 12 wards in the city – St Peter’s & North Laine, Regency, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Queen’s Park, Hanover & Elm Grove, Brunswick & Adelaide, East Brighton, South Portslade, Central Hove, Westbourne and Preston Park. This could affect approximately 27,000 properties. 

Further information on the selective licensing proposals is below.

If you have any queries, please email or call 01273 293156.

What happens next?

The report on the results of the consultation is going to the Housing & New Homes Committee on 15 November 2017. Members will then decide whether to proceed with the schemes.