Thursday, 5 November 2009

Additional Licensing Information for Students

What does additional licensing mean to you?
- Better housing conditions
- Improvements in Fire Safety
- Better health and Safety
- Nothing

The Council is consulting on additional licensing in Cathays so have your say via

Some properties in Cardiff need a licence from the Council. The licence makes sure that the house is brought up to a suitable safe condition, maintained and managed appropriately, so that it can be rented. The Council’s aim is to improve housing conditions by extending ‘Mandatory’ licensing to include ‘Additional’ licensing in the Cathays Community Ward that will initially run for a period of up to 5 years.

What is Licensing?

Cardiff Council operates a Mandatory Licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMO) which consist of three or more storeys with 5 or more occupants the aim of which is to improve housing conditions.

But this licence does not cover all student houses because of the housing style’s we have in Cardiff.

However, the Housing Act 2004 enables Local Authorities to extend licensing to address particular problems that may exist in smaller HMO properties (and also in sub-standard converted self-contained flats). These additional provisions include “Additional Licensing”.

What are the aims of Licensing?

The aim of HMO Licensing is to ensure that all Houses in Multiple Occupation in the private rented market meet legal standards, are safe and are properly managed.

It ensures that HMO’s are suitably equipped with amenities and facilities for the number of occupants and to ensure they are effectively managed by fit and proper persons.

Why Licence HMO’s?

Improvements to Accommodation will be secured by licensing conditions including: - Fire safety and means of escape from fire
- Additional security
- Improved energy efficiency.

Improvements to Health & Safety (will be secured by) ensuring gas and electrical installations are safe.

Improvements to Management of HMO’s (will be secured by) ensuring that ongoing management standards are maintained.

Sustainable improvements to the Cathays area will be made through licensing conditions to improve the “street scene”

Licensed properties will abide by a common set of conditions meaning a consistent approach to Tenancy Management & Property Conditions

Improvements made through Landlord training

Eradication of bad landlords – Only fit and proper landlords will be awarded a licence

Any work required to bring your property up to standard will be enforced by the Council and require the landlord to bring standards up to scratch. The Council will work with landlords to ensure minimum disruption to students, although any serious health and safety issues will be dealt with immediately.

What happens Next?
The consultation period on the proposed implementation is open now until 15th December – have you say now by visiting

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