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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.
Following a legal case brought by a landlord (Gaskin) against the London Borough of Richmond, the Council were obliged to review its HMO licensing fees. The Court of Appeal decision means that the Council must now offer a two-stage fee and as such the costs of the licences have changed.
The Stage 1 fee must be paid when you make the application for the application process costs.
The Stage 2 fee must be paid when you are sent the “notice of intention to grant a licence” (Draft Licence). Stage 2 fee must be paid within 14 days of this notice and it will be a condition of the licence that this fee is paid.
Your application is not “duly made” until both fees are paid and your licence will not be issued until full payment is received.
The case also clarified that the costs of operating and enforcing the scheme can be charged as part of the licence fee; previous to this the Council did not charge for the enforcement of the HMO licensing scheme (the operating costs were included in the fees). These costs are now included in the Stage 2 payment.
The new fee structure applies from 1st April 2019; we will honour the previous fee structure for licence applications submitted before that date.
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 will require all non-HMO privately rented properties within the designated areas to be licensed.
The consultation has now closed, but you can read the details of the proposals at www.coventry.gov.uk/propertylicensing.