The RLA campaigns team has received a letter from Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) regarding their decision to implement proposals for additional HMO licensing for private landlords in the AVDC jurisdiction. Additional licensing will require landlords with HMO properties to procure a licence.
The RLA is against licensing in general and provided a “critique of AVDC additional HMO licence consultation”. One of the reasons that the RLA was against these licensing proposals was the claims of the council that landlords were not reporting HMO properties.
However, the council failed to acknowledge that this is because the HMOs that fall under additional licensing are exempt from the mandatory HMO licensing. An HMO is required to have a licence if there are two or more families and the property is over three storeys tall.
Additional licensing requires landlords of properties with three or more people comprising two separate ‘households’ (unrelated) to have a licence to let their properties.
The designation comes into force on 27th September 2014 and will run, unless revoked beforehand, until 27th September 2017.
If you are a landlord and are concerned whether or not you will be impacted, contact the Private Sector Housing Team at Aylesbury Vale District Council by calling 01296 585 605 or email in at firstname.lastname@example.org.