New HMO licence fee scheme to recognise good landlords

By on 07/05/2013 in Deputy Leader, News

Birmingham landlords who flout the laws on shared housing face tougher penalties after the city council agreed a new scheme to recognise good landlords.

Working with the National Landlord's Association and the local Landlord Forum Steering Group, Birmingham City Council has increased the discounts available on fees to licence Houses in Multiple Occupation.

The city council is required, by law, to operate a licensing scheme for high-risk shared housing, and the fee was increased in April 2012 to reflect the cost of delivering the service, including the investigation of properties which have not been licensed.

After listening to concerns raised by reputable landlords, the City Council has now revised the fee structure to encourage good landlords and penalise those who do not comply with the law.

Members of the Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme and members of a reputable landlords' association (such as the National Landlord's Association or Residential Landlord's Association) will benefit from increased discounts, since members of those organisations have demonstrated an intention to operate in a professional manner.

Ian Ward, the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council said “ The revised discounts are a significant step towards encouraging reputable private landlords to provide good quality, well managed and much needed rented homes in the city. Landlords who avoid or break the law will now face higher penalties as a result of these changes, and we will continue to use our enforcement powers when appropriate.”

The revised mandatory licensing scheme can be viewed on the City Council website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/hmo

ENDS

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

Notes for editors:

Under the national mandatory licensing scheme, a HMO must be licensed if:

  • it is three or more storey's in height and
  • it is occupied by five or more persons, living as two or more households, and
  • there are shared facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom and toilet.

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