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Coventry will be starting an additional licensing scheme on May 4 to improve the management and condition of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
A Mandatory Licensing Scheme for HMOs has been in place since 2006 but the additional licensing will include smaller multi occupancy properties. This will ensure a more fairer system and level playing field.
The scheme will also enable the Council to apply conditions to a licence requiring landlords to deal with the management, use and occupation of HMOs.
Approximately 4.000 properties will be affected by the new licences.
Money generated by the costs of licences will cover the administration and staffing costs to run the scheme.
How the scheme will work
Landlords of houses occupied by three or four tenants and all converted to self-contained flats that are wholly tenanted will be required to apply to the Council for a HMO licence.
The Council will then agree the type of licence and the length of time that it will last.
A licence for a compliant landlord for five years will cost £640 – although a licence for a non-compliant landlord will cost £1,250.