Birmingham City Council is considering the introduction of a ‘more balanced’ HMO licensing fee structure; following complaints by the RLA, local landlords and other landlords organisations.
In a letter to the RLA, Birmingham defended the hike in HMO licensing fees that came into operation in April; stating that whilst the fee for a new licence was £1,150, the fee for a renewal was £650 ‘with all deductions applying’.
Birmingham also stated it had ‘rewarded’ the ‘better, more professional landlords’ who were members of the RLA and other organisations with ‘increased discounts’. Currently, an RLA member is entitled to a £50 discount in addition to any other discounts they may be entitled to.
The council also confirmed that it was ‘actively considering’ a “…more balanced fee structure in the context of compliant landlords whilst retaining the necessary fee income to ensure the scheme is cost neutral.”
The RLA looks forward to studying Birmingham’s proposals once they are available for public consultation.