private rented sector licensing consultation

The council is currently consulting on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing 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.

Additional licensing consultation

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.

Selective licensing consultation

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.

If you have require information in an alternative format, please email prslicensingconsultation@brighton-hove.gov.uk 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.

Stonehurst Court – what’s going on?

Consultation on the proposed conversion of flats back into family housing at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, Brighton

Venue: The former housing office, Stonehurst Court (Located on the right hand side of Stonehurst Court)

 Date: Friday 19th May  Time: 3pm – 7pm

 Brighton and Hove City Council is proposing to convert the nineteen one bedroom flats and a community space, at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, back into ten two bedroom semi-detached family houses with gardens. These proposed changes will include major repairs and refurbishment of the houses.

These buildings are currently in poor condition and have been underused, or used as temporary one bedroom flats. It is our intention to use these homes to meet temporary housing needs for families. This would be before they are offered permanent housing. The houses will be improved in such a way as to be suitable for future general housing use.

We are inviting you to attend a public information and ‘drop in’ session to discuss these proposals. Our intention is to allow you to look at and fully understand our proposals. Council staff will be present to answer your queries.

The proposed changes will be subject to a formal Planning Application and there will therefore be further opportunities to make comments in the next few weeks.

If you cannot attend but wish to ask for further details please contact us

P&Ienquiries@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tel: 01273 294641

I look forward to meeting you if you are able to attend.

Gill Thompson

Capital Programme Manager