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HMO licensing


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This page was last updated on 16 January 2020.

Discretionary licensing

During the first quarter of 2019, we consulted on proposals relating to Additional Licensing across the city. This will require those HMOs which do not meet the criteria for Mandatory Licensing to be licensed.  

We also consulted on proposals relating to Selective Licensing in selected wards. This would require all non-HMO privately rented properties within the designated areas to be licensed.

The consultation has now closed, and the results have been assessed by Cabinet and Full Council. Following the assessment, it was determined:

  • To approve the scheme relating to the whole of the city being subject to Additional Licensing.
  • Not to progress with Selective Licensing at this time.

As a consequence, from 4 May 2020, HMOs in Coventry comprising fewer than five persons will need to be licensed, as will certain properties that have been converted into self-contained flats ("Section 257 HMOs").  You can find out more about property licensing

Unsurprisingly, we are receiving a large number of queries about how the new Additional Licensing scheme will work.  Please note that as this has only just been approved by Council, we are still putting a process in place.  For the time being:

  • We anticipate that the application process will be the same as the existing application process.  See the other sections of this website for more details
  • Landlords will not have to perform any additional works or alterations to their properties as a result of their properties becoming licensable.  However, they will need to ensure that all of their HMO properties meet the relevant standards of fire safety and amenity provision
  • We will update this web page and send out a newsletter via the Landlord Forum mailing list when a more concrete update is available. 

Landlord accreditation

We have recently launched the Coventry Landlord Accreditation Scheme (CLAS). This is a free, voluntary scheme that private residential Landlords and Letting Agents are encouraged to join. The aims of the scheme are to improve the condition and management of the private rented sector in Coventry. We will encourage, acknowledge and actively promote good standards of privately rented accommodation with the aim of assisting Landlords, Letting Agents and tenants to undertake their respective responsibilities to each other. Landlords accredited by the scheme may be eligible for cheaper, longer-lasting HMO Licences.

To find out more about the scheme, please visit the Landlord Accreditation web pages.

HMO licensing


Tel: 024 7697 5467

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House

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