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.
Additional licensing places obligations on the landlords to act proactively and ensure their properties meet set standards prior to occupation and throughout the term of the licence.
What are our plans for additional licensing?
The additional licensing scheme and Article 4 Direction for HMOs in parts of Doncaster Town Centre, Hyde Park, Balby North, Wheatley and Intake. Landlords and persons managing HMO's that fall under the new criteria, must make a application for a licence by the 1st October 2018.
As with other licensing schemes landlords and agents can apply through our approved delivery partner The Home Safe Scheme Limited. The Home Safe Scheme Limited are a landlord support service to help you remain compliant and keep your property free from hazards.
Under this proposal, all private rented sector landlords or their managing agents letting an HMO with 4 or more occupiers in the area shown above would have to apply for a licence. This would be for each property they rent out, and within 6 months of the scheme becoming operative. However, certain exemptions will apply.
Please note additional licensing requirements also apply to section 257 HMOs which are buildings comprising of self contained flats where they do not comply with the Building Regulations 1991 (or more recent Building Regulations) and where less than two thirds of flats in the building are owner occupied.
The licensing cannot restrict, limit or place conditions on how any further family properties are converted into HMOs.
Under the additional licensing scheme, you would not need an additional licence if the property is:
- An HMO that already requires a licence under the mandatory HMO licensing scheme
- Already regulated under other statutory provisions, such as The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses
- In Hexthorpe and already has a selective licence. Under the proposal, this area would still be covered by the Article 4 proposals
- Subject to an Interim or Final Management Order (see Part 4 of the Housing Act 2004 for information about these orders)
- Covered by a temporary exemption notice
- Managed a local housing authority, registered social landlord, police or fire & rescue authority or a health service body
- Falls within an exemption applying to certain student halls of residence
- Occupied mainly for the purposes of a religious community whose main occupations are prayer, contemplation, education or the relief of suffering
- Occupied by an owner with no more than two lodgers
- Occupied by two people who form two households
How much will it cost?
We expect the recoverable cost of a licence for a property with up to 5 bedrooms will be:
Applications via the Council
Apply for a licence
Applications via Home Safe landlord support service (monthly payments available)
What would happen if a landlord does not apply for, or obtain, a licence?
Landlords and persons managing HMO's that fall under the new criteria in the designated areas, are required to obtain a licence by 1st January 2019, unless a notification in relation to a temporary exemption or an application for a licence is effective. Failure to obtain a licence by this date, may result in the Council seeking prosecution or issuing a civil penalty to those responsible.
Do I need planning permission?
We encourage all applicants to ensure they have the required planning permission before submitting a HMO licence application. Doncaster Council has made an Article 4 Direction which means that anyone who wants to convert a property to an HMO, in the defined area, will need to apply for planning permission. Details of the Article 4 area can be found on the Council’s website. Outside the Article 4 area, planning permission will be required for any HMO with more than 6 people.
The Government actively encourage all Councils to ensure planning permission has been given before issuing a licence. Therefore, the Council will not look to grant an HMO licence unless the appropriate planning permission, where required, has already been given.
Advice on how to apply for or check that you have the appropriate planning permission can be found here: www.doncaster.gov.uk/planning
Have any more questions?
If you have any questions, or would like to see a copy of the consultation, please email Additional.Licensing@doncaster.gov.uk.
Why did we introduce additional licensing?
We recognised that HMOs help to meet local housing requirements. However, we receive a number of complaints from residents regarding overcrowding and anti-social behaviour in HMOs. These complaints are mainly about small terraces with a traditional 'two up two down' layout, which have been converted into HMOs.
What are the benefits of additional licensing?
Additional licensing will help to reduce anti-social behaviour in the areas mentioned on this page. It will also have a number of benefits for landlords and tenants. For example, landlords will eventually receive an increase in rental income.
What are the conditions of the license?
- pass a fit and proper persons test
- obtain tenant references
- confirm tenancy agreements are in place and provided to tenants
- provide fitted and working smoke alarms and certificates confirming gas and electricity safety
To see the full list of conditions, please contact us for a copy of the consultation.
What is an Article 4 Direction?
I am a tenant; what will I need to do if the scheme is introduced?
- Additional LicensingA4 consultation report-October2017
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