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Kingston Upon Thames Look to Renew Additional Licensing Scheme

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India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames is considering re designating its Additional Licensing Scheme, which came into force on the 21st December 2012. The consultation closes on the 15th September 2017.

Additional Licensing schemes affect Houses of Multiple Occupancy that are not licensed under Mandatory HMO Licensing. If you own a property that is 3 or more floors, houses 5 or more people not from the same family, and share facilities then usually you are required to hold a Mandatory Licence.

In addition, there are specific provisions which mean that converted blocks/buildings, (e.g., converted blocks of self contained flats or mixed accommodation where there is a mixture of self-contained and non-self-contained units), can be a HMO. You do not, always need a sharing of washing facilities, kitchen facilities or toilet facilities for there to be a HMO. If there are at least three unrelated people involved, then the property could be a HMO. There are exceptions to these basic guidelines, please contact the council directly to see weather Additional or Mandatory Licensing will affect you.

The application fee for a licence is £200 per letting and a renewal is £160 per letting. Landlords can receive an £100 licence discount if they are accredited through the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme.  The council have announced that the area, conditions, and fees will remain the same if the renewal of the scheme is approved.

The questionnaire can be filled out here, however official responses can also be made in the form of a formal letter to privatesectorhousing@kingston.gov.uk . The RLA makes an official response to all licensing consultations, our past responses can be found here. We urge all our members to make their own responses to this consultation, in order to get their views, experiences, and opinions heard by the council and to ensure landlords are represented in the council’s decision making process.

All Kingston’s licensing information can be found on their website here  and the full consultation document can be read here .

To keep up to date with all Kingston Upon Thames’ news, events, and council information visit our Local Authority Network here.

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About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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