Additional (HMO) Licensing

Additional (HMO) Licensing

On 21st September 2017, the Council approved the designation of an Additional (HMO) licensing scheme for all privately rented houses in multiple occupations within parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport.  Additional licensing requires landlords who privately rent out houses of multiple occupations within designated areas to obtain a licence from the Council. 

The designation came into effect on 1 March 2018 and will last for a period of 5 years up until 28 February 2023. If your property is within the Selective Licensing area you will need to apply for a Housing Licence before 1st September 2018.

Additional (HMO) Licensing requires landlords who privately rent out properties in the designated area to obtain a licence from the Council.  Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

  • You need to read the below information BEFORE applying for either a Selective or Additional (HMO) licence. 

    Are you a landlord of a property (house or flat) that has: 

    • 5 or more people,
    • 2 or more households,

    AND whose occupants share an amenity (or if any of the occupants have an amenity that although dedicated to their sole use is NOT situated within their flat)

The Government has published further information around the extension to the Mandatory HMO licensing scheme criteria.  This removes the storey element from the criteria and means that Mandatory licensing will now apply to HMOs that are of any number of storeys (i.e. one or more) and that also fall into the above criteria.

Please note that if you have a property in the Selective licensing area or the Additional licensing areas AND your property falls into the above category you now need to apply only for a Mandatory (HMO) licence at housinglicensing.sefton.gov.uk

Further information on the licensing process can be accessed via the links below:


The new licensing regime came into force in Sefton on 1st March 2018.  You will need to apply online for a Housing Licence before 1 September 2018. 

Click here to apply for a licence or go to https://housinglicensing.sefton.gov.uk/

Note that we must receive a valid application by 1 September 2018, please be aware that after this date the Council will be undertaking a rigorous enforcement regime against any unlicensed property landlords.

Please be aware that in order to complete the application form you must have the following information to hand, you may like to prepare for this now:

  • Details (including an email address) for:
    • Applicant
    • Proposed Licence Holder
    • Manager
    • Owner / Joint Owners
    • Long Term Tenant(s) / Leaseholder(s)
    • Any other person willing to be bound by the conditions of the licence
    • Mortgage Provider(s) and account number(s)

Please note that you must inform these people of your intention to apply for a housing licence before submitting your application. You will be asked to provide the date on which you (the Applicant) informed them.

  • Knowledge of  any criminal record, relating to the:
    • Proposed Licence Holder
    • Manager
  • Details of any accreditations held by the Proposed Licence Holder.
  • Knowledge of the existing Planning (and Building Regulations) status of the property to be licensed.
  • Details regarding the facilities and amenities of the house
  • Floor plan of property (HMOs only)
  • Details of any tenancy agreement and terms & conditions of occupation
  • Details of the scheme in which the tenancy deposit is held.

You will also be asked to provide copies of relevant safety certificates for the property which you should submit in electronic form (ideally in PDF format).  These documents may include:

  1. Landlords Gas Safety Record (LGSR)
  2. Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)*
  3. Fire Alarm Test Certificate *
  4. Fire Alarm logbook *
  5. Emergency Lighting Certificate*
  6. Portable Appliance Test Certificate (PAT)
  7. Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), (excluding HMOs)
  8. Copies of Tenancy Agreement/s or statement of terms and conditions of occupation
  9. List of any other private rented properties you own within Sefton. (NOTE: an electronic list can be attached)
  10. Proof of identification of proposed licence holder
  11. Proof of address of proposed licence holder

*These are only applicable for HMO properties

Yes.  You will need to provide an email address.

If you need to have documents scanned and you don’t currently have the facility to do this, all Sefton libraries offer a scanning facility free of charge.

This is the process that your application will then follow as it moves towards the grant of a Housing licence.  Please note that your application will only become valid when steps 1 to 5 have been completed.

  1. You compete and submit your online application form with the first payment, a copy of your application will be held within your account area and you will receive an email acknowledging your submission and receipt of payment.
  2. We process your form, you may be asked for further information if not included with your application.
  3. A Notice of Intention to Grant a Licence will be issued to you and to any other interested parties. The notice will invite you to make any representations you wish to make on the conditions included in the draft licence.  If you decide to make representations you must do this within 14 days from the date on the notice.
  4. The balance of licence fee will be requested within 14 days if full payment is not received your property will remain unlicensed.
  5. Final licence will be issued after representations (if any), have been considered and resolved.
  6. We will contact you to arrange an appointment with you to inspect the property. The inspection may be arranged sooner in respect of ‘higher risk’ premises such as HMO than in the case of some single family properties, however we fully intend to inspect all licensed premises within the course of the licence.
  7. Where an inspection of the property has taken place, you will be informed of the outcome.
  8. If an inspection identifies licensing issues or housing related hazards that need to be addressed, the licence may be varied by including additional conditions and/or we may require other action to remove any serious hazards under the ‘Housing Health & Safety Rating System’ (HHSRS).

Properties requiring an additional licence includes those as defined by section 254 of the Housing Act 2004, which are occupied by 3 or 4 persons comprising 2 or more households, where the property is of ANY storeys with sharing facilities

or

Has been converted into self- contained flats that fall within section 257 Housing Act 2004 and are converted flats that do not comply with 1991 building regulations and where more than one third are rented out on short term tenancies.

The designation covers parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport. A map of the areas and list of the roads included is set out in the document below:

Click here for a map of the licensing area of Southport

Click here for a list of streets

 

Click here for a map of the licensing area of Seaforth, Waterloo and Brighton-le-Sands

Click here for a list of streets 

No, there are some properties exempt from licensing see the full list here.

There are a number of licensing conditions that landlords will be required to comply with.

The full list of fees is shown in the table below. Landlords may apply for a reduced level of fee and can choose one discount from either having their property accredited (within the first 6 months of the scheme), where the licence holder is a Sefton accredited managing agent or where landlords make an early bird application (within first 3 months of the scheme). 

Additional (HMO) Licensing

£

£ Annual Equivalent

£ Weekly Equivalent

  Full Fee

850

170

3.27

  Accreditation

700

140

2.69

 Accredited Managing Agent (licence holder)

650

130

2.50

  Early Bird

800

160

3.08

In addition to the above fee, individual properties that have 7 or more units (e.g. flats, bedsits, bedrooms) within it will incur an additional fee as shown in the table below, this is per property and not per unit.

  In addition :

 £

  7-12 units

150

  13-20 units

250

  21+ units

350

Example:

A landlord has 40 flats within a building the charge (based on full fee) would be:

£850 +£350 = £1200

Do I pay up front?

You will be required to pay £250 on application for each property within the Additional (HMO) licensing area, the balance after allowing for any reduced fees will be requested on production of draft licence

 

It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:

  • fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
  • allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence

A fine of any amount may be imposed.  In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of any amount per offence.

We can refuse a licence application if we decide you are not a fit and proper person or if the property does not meet the licensing conditions.

You may appeal if the council decides to:

  • refuse a licence
  • grant a licence with conditions
  • revoke a licence
  • vary a licence
  • refuse to vary a licence

You must appeal to the First-tier Property Tribunal normally within 28 days.

Housing Standards, Team Sefton Council, 1st Floor Magdalen House

30 Trinity Road, Bootle   L20 3NJ Email: landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk

Documents relating to the decision to introduce Additional (HMO) Licensing can be viewed here

 

If you would like to be kept updated on the proposed licensing schemes, please contact: landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk


Last Updated on 18 April 2018