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Property licensing

The Council is committed to raising the standards of private rented housing and is consulting on two proposals that will place tighter controls on the standards of private sector landlords and the behaviour of tenants in neighbourhoods throughout Coventry. Licences would be issued where landlords demonstrate appropriate standards – including gas and electrical certification, and maintaining health and safety standards. As well as additional discretionary licensing conditions to address antisocial behaviour, environmental/management issues whilst improving living condition for residents.

The consultation covers Selective Licensing and Additional Licensing and runs from Wednesday 9 January 2019 to Wednesday 20 March 2019. Once you have read the information about the proposals, please complete the questionnaires.

Selective Licensing

In a Selective Licensing area, all private landlords with properties in that area would need to have a licence. The licence contains a series of conditions that sets out the standards a landlord is expected to achieve when managing and maintaining their properties. This helps ensures that homes are of a good quality. If the standards are not met enforcement action can be taken. The Council proposes to make some areas of the city a Selective Licensing area - these areas are shown on the map.

Try our interactive map to find out if your property is in the proposed Selective Licensing area.

These documents give more information about Selective Licensing. Once you have read these, please complete the Selective Licensing questionnaire.

Additional Licensing

Additional Licensing applies to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which fall outside of the mandatory HMO licensing definition. You can find out more about whether a property is a HMO in the documents below. The Council is proposing that  the whole of the city be subject to Additional Licensing.

These documents give more information about  Additional Licensing. Once you have read these please complete the Additional Licensing questionnaire.

Landlord forums

So that landlords can find out more, we are holding three landlord forums on Wednesday 6 March Wednesday 13 March and Monday 18 March 2019 at the Council House between 6pm and 8pm.

Find out more details about these events and register.

Drop-in sessions

We will be holding some public drop-in sessions so you can find out more about Selective and Additional Licensing. There will be more added, so check back if you can't make any of these.

  • Monday 11 February from 4pm to 6pm - St. John Vianney Church, 1 Bishopton Close, Mount Nod, Coventry CV5 7GW
  • Tuesday 12 February from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Wyken Community Centre, Ennerdale Ln, Coventry CV2 5PY
  • 18th February 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Stoke Heath Community Centre, 14 Burroughs Close, Coventry CV2 3QH  
  • Tuesday 19 February 4.30 to 6.30pm - St. Mary Magdalen Church, Sir Thomas White's Rd, Coventry CV5 8DR
  • Monday 25 February 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Canley Community Centre, Prior Deram Walk, Coventry CV4 8FT
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Holbrook Community Care Association, 115 Holbrook Ln, Coventry CV6 4DE
  • Thursday 7 March from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Aldermoor Life Centre, 78 Round House Rd, Coventry CV3 1DA
  • Monday 11 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - St Pauls Church, Foleshill Rd, Coventry CV6 5AJ 
  • Tuesday 12  March 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Jubilee Crescent Community Centre, Radford, CV6 3EX 
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm - Hawkes Mill Sport and Social Club, Hawkes Mill Ln, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9FN
  • Thursday 14 March 2019 from 4.00pm to 5.30pm -   St Joseph's Church Hall, 1 De Montfort Way, Coventry CV4 7DU  
  • Monday 18 March 2019 from  4.30 to 6.30pm - St James Church, Styvechale, Coventry, CV3 5BT - 18th March 2019 from  4.30 to 6.30pm   

For more information contact Adrian Chowns:
Tel: 024 7683 3212   Email -

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