HMO licensing

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This page was last updated 2 June 2021.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Council has considered the issues and decided that it will continue with the implementation of the scheme but will be easing various measures to reduce the impact on landlords and agents.  We have updated individual pages on this site with detailed information on changes to this service. 

  • The Additional Licensing designation will still go live on the 4 May 2020, and landlords still need to provide licence applications.
  • We appreciate that landlords may not have been able to enter properties to obtain certificates when the Additional Licensing designation was introduced.  Following the recent easing of lockdown measures by the Government, we expect landlords to provide any outstanding up-to-date certificates to us within fourteen days of us sending the "tacit consent" e-mail.  If you have already submitted a licence application to us, please e-mail any outstanding certificates to [email protected], stating clearly the address of the property to which they relate.

Supporting Certificates for Licence Applications

We appreciate that landlords may not have been able to enter properties to obtain certificates when the Additional Licensing designation was introduced.  Following the recent easing of lockdown measures by the Government, we expect landlords to provide any outstanding up-to-date certificates to us within fourteen days of us sending the "tacit consent" e-mail.  If you have already submitted a licence application to us, please e-mail any outstanding certificates to [email protected], stating clearly the address of the property to which they relate.  A full list of the necessary supporting certificates is available on the Licensing Process page of this website

We would take this opportunity to remind landlords that as a consequence of legislative changes that have taken effect this month, it is now a requirement to have an up-to-date electrical safety certificate for all privately rented properties, regardless of HMO status.

Should lockdown measures be reintroduced, we will send out a further update via the landlord forum mailing list. Up to date information is also available on this news page. 

New fees

We have updated our HMO licence fees from 1 April 2020 to make the Stage 1 fee the same for all lengths of licence. The overall fees are not changing. If you have already paid a Stage 1 licence fee, the stage 2 fee you need to pay will not change.

Additional 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 now 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

The application process is the same for all types of HMO. We have recently updated our application form to make it simpler to use.

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

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 5467

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR

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