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This page was last updated on 16 January 2020.
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:
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 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.