The council is currently consulting on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city.
- a city-wide Additional Licensing Scheme for smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not covered by mandatory licensing
- a Selective Licensing Scheme for other private rented homes in 12 wards in the city
The aim is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city’s private rented housing. The council is required to consult interested parties about the schemes and consider representations before reaching a final decision.
The full background on the decision to propose these schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016 and 14 June 2017.
The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.
Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory scheme applies where certain conditions are met. The council has been operating schemes in parts of the city since 2012, and the proposal is to implement the scheme city-wide. These would be properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
Please read the following information on the additional licensing proposals before completing the consultation.
- Additional licensing scheme consultation information (PDF 77KB)
- Proposed conditions of the additional licensing scheme (PDF 463KB)
- Frequently asked questions additional licensing consultation information (PDF 204KB)
- Have your say on the proposals to extend additional licensing city-wide
Selective licensing enables authorities to licence privately rented accommodation other than HMOs where certain conditions are met. The proposed selective licensing scheme would apply to 12 wards in the city – St Peter’s & North Laine, Regency, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Queen’s Park, Hanover & Elm Grove, Brunswick & Adelaide, East Brighton, South Portslade, Central Hove, Westbourne and Preston Park. This could affect approximately 27,000 properties.
Please read the following information on the selective licensing proposals before completing the consultation.
- Selective licensing scheme consultation information (PDF 68KB)
- Proposed conditions of the selective licensing scheme (PDF 208KB)
- Frequently asked questions about the selective licensing proposals (PDF 188KB)
- Have your say on the proposals to introduce selective licensing in 12 wards in the city
If you have require information in an alternative format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 293156.
What happens next?
Consultation responses will be used in a further report, which will go to the Housing & New Homes Committee in November 2017. Members will then decide whether to proceed with the schemes.