New private rented sector licensing schemes
Following consultation in summer 2017, the introduction of two new licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city was agreed at the Housing & New Homes Committee on 15 November 2017.
A new designation for a citywide Additional Licensing Scheme for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation has been made. An application will now be made to the Secretary of State for approval to proceed with a Selective Licensing Scheme of other private rented properties in 12 wards in the city.
The aim of the new schemes is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city's private rented housing and you can find further details below.
- a city-wide Additional Licensing Scheme for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not covered by mandatory licensing
- a Selective Licensing Scheme for other private rented homes in 12 wards in the city
The consultations closed in September 2017 and a report on the results of the consultation was agreed at 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.
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 we will now be implement the scheme city-wide. This will affect 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 new additional licensing scheme is below.
- Additional licensing scheme consultation information (PDF 77KB)
- Proposed conditions of the additional licensing scheme (PDF 463KB)
- Frequently asked questions additional licensing consultation (PDF 285KB)
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.
- Selective licensing scheme consultation information (PDF 68KB)
- Proposed conditions of the selective licensing scheme (PDF 208KB)
- Frequently asked questions about the selective licensing proposals (PDF 264KB)
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 293156.