Coventry City Council now issues mandatory licences for one-, two- and five-year periods. To be eligible for a given length of licence, the landlord must meet the criteria set out below. The fees for each licence period are shown on our Fees and charges page.
To receive a 1 year licence you must:
Complete a valid licence application.
There are no additional pre-requisite criteria for receiving an annual licence. You must be a “fit and proper person” and the HMO must be suitable for occupation for the number of people you wish it to be licensed for. Although not a prerequisite for receiving a one-year licence, you still have a legal duty to comply with all relevant Acts and Regulations; including (but not restricted to) the Housing Act 2004, Planning and Building Regulations, and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
To receive an annual licence you and the manager of the HMO must be also be a “competent” person and there must be no concerns over the management of the house.
All first-time licensees will have one-year licences unless they are able to provide evidence that they have other licensed properties in England or Wales.
To receive a two-year licence you must:
Complete a valid application (this may be when you have been sent the first renewal reminder or made a new application for this type of licence).
A valid application consists of:
To be eligible for a longer licence all documentation must be received at least two weeks before the licence expiry date. After this date a one year licence will automatically be issued. If your application for these types of licences is rejected, you will be refunded the difference between the standard fee and your selected fee.
It is your responsibility to meet all of the eligibility criteria for the licence and provide all necessary evidence when requested. If you do not provide all requested documentation in time, we will automatically assess your application based on the evidence we hold and issue a licence accordingly, which will generally be an annual licence.
Should any issues arise or new information be discovered after the licence is issued, Coventry City Council reserves the right to revoke the licence. If you are found to have provided false or misleading information or made a false declaration, we may take enforcement action against you.