The London Borough of Lewisham has announced that it is going ahead with their new Additional Licensing scheme. The scheme, which started on 11th February, will operate for five years until 10th February 2022 and is borough wide.
The scheme applies to HMOs above commercial premises. This includes flat shares with three or more unrelated people, where there is a commercial unit elsewhere in the building, including purpose built blocks. The definition of premises that will need licences is not straight forward so we urge our members to contact the council if they are unsure on whether they will require a licence or not.
In short, if your property does not fall under mandatory licensing (5 or more people sharing, making up 2 or more households and in a building with 3 or more storeys) and does not share a building with commercial premises – you should not need to be licensed.
The fees for the additional scheme are £400 for an accredited landlord and £500 for an unaccredited landlord. The council are running an early bird discount until 31st March 2017 which drops the price down to £360 for an accredited landlord and £450 for an unaccredited landlord. The lower accredited landlord fees are for landlords accredited through the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) or members of a recognised landlord association.
To apply for a licence and to find out more about the licence visit the council website here or contact Lewisham Council on 020 8314 6000.
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