We currently operate two Selective licensing schemes in Doncaster. One in Hexthorpe and one in a designated area of Edlington. If you rent out a property that is tenanted in those areas, you are likely to require a licence.
The council has introduced additional licensing, which applies to certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not already covered by mandatory HMO licensing, this will come into effect from 1st October 2018. Charges will be applied if your application needs to prompted and you may face a civil penalty if you are letting a property without a licence.
Houses in multiple occupation with five or more tenants belonging to two or more households, require a licence from the council. In parts of central Doncaster, we have introduced additional licensing for houses in multiple occupation which brings the threshold down to four tenants.
If you're a landlord or property managing agent who lets houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), you may need to apply for a licence. Due to the recent changes in national legislation and the introduction of additional licensing, we are experiencing some delays in the processing of applications. Your patience is appreciated.
There are a number of standards that properties available for rent have to meet.
Most tenants renting from private landlords have their housing benefit assessed under Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rules.
To rent out properties in Doncaster you may need a licence. The license you need will depend on the location, type, size and number of people living in the property.
We have successfully prosecuted the following people for offences under the Housing Act 2004 relating to houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
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Here are the top questions which we are asked by private sector landlords.