A consultation on plans to renew an additional HMO licensing scheme in the city has been extended.
The initial consultation period ran for only seven weeks and was due to close on 31st January, something the RLA raised concerns about in its response to the consultation.
Specifically, because the consultation was short and ran over the Christmas period, this goes against best practice guidelines from both the UK Government and the National Assembly for Wales, which recommend that for a consultation of this importance, a minimum period of twelve weeks would be required with additional time considered should the consultation period fall over public holidays.
Now, the council have extended the consultation which will close on 14th February.
The RLA’s response
The RLA has opposed plans put forward by Cardiff Council to renew an additional HMO licensing scheme in the city.
One of the reasons why is because the council is proposing to charge landlords between £475 and £550 per property to obtain an additional HMO licence.
The RLA is concerned that landlords would likely pass this cost on to tenants in the form of increased rents to cover the cost of applying for a licence-doing nothing to address affordability. Meanwhile the minority of criminal operators will simply ignore the scheme, as they do other regulations.
In addition to this, in the consultation response the RLA has also warned that the focus of the staff becomes the processing and issue of licences, with prosecutions centering on whether a property is licenced or is not.