To make a licence application valid (and thus for a landlord to fulfil their statutory duty to apply for a licence) we need:
You must provide contact details for all interested parties, including:
You must have informed all of these people of your intention to apply for an HMO licence before submitting your application, and you will be asked to provide the date on which you (the applicant) informed each party.
You must also provide details of:
You must provide all of the following supporting documents and certificates:
Where a certificate comprises multiple pages, you must provide the whole certificate, not just the first page.
The following documents are not mandatory, but will enable us to process your application more quickly:
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We will process your form and (if necessary) contact you to complete the application process or to book an appointment to carry out an inspection of the property.
It is a condition of all HMO licences in Coventry that you send us updated certificates each year as they expire, so we always hold an up-to-date copy in our records.
Unsatisfactory certificates will not be accepted; any remedial works identified on the certificates must be completed and a new satisfactory certificate submitted.
After we have received your valid application, we will arrange to inspect the house.
We will then draft licence conditions based on the findings from this inspection. The draft licence (known as an intention notice) will be emailed to you and other interested parties for consultation. Licences can be served by post, but this incurs an additional fee.
You will have an opportunity to make any representations, which we will consider.
We will then grant your HMO licence (known as the decision notice). Again, copies will be sent to all interested parties.
If you are still unhappy with the conditions, you will have an opportunity to appeal to the first-tier property tribunal.
We will re-inspect the property later to check conditions have been complied with. Failing to comply with any conditions on your licence is an offence.
If you are a new landlord and have never licensed an HMO before then your first licence will run for one (1) year, and you must renew your HMO licence before it expires. After your first year, you may get the opportunity to apply for longer licences, provided you meet all the renewal criteria.
You must renew your licence before it expires.
All HMO licences require completion of a valid renewal application before the current licence expires.
A valid licence renewal means:
All HMO licence holders and managers must be 'fit and proper persons'.
We send a renewal reminder approximately two months before licence expiry.
If requested by the Council, you must send us new copies of up to date safety certificates within 7 days of receiving such a request.
If you wish to be considered for a two-year or five-year licence, you must meet the eligibility criteria, pay the appropriate fee and send all necessary documents to us at least 28 days before the expiry of your current licence.
We will issue your licence automatically based on the information available and documents provided at this time.