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Mandatory licensing: How did your council prepare for the changes?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

On Monday 1st October, new rules were introduced in England which extended the range of properties that are subject to mandatory HMO licensing.

Now, almost all properties that are occupied by five or more persons, and by persons living in two or more separate households are required to have a HMO licence.

In preparation for these changes, the RLA wrote to over two hundred local authorities to ensure they were prepared. In the run up to the changes, it also became apparent that some councils were unprepared.You can read more about this here.

You can read the responses from some of the local authorities below. We will be updating the list with responses from Councils.

Darlington Borough Council:

How has the Council been preparing? “Landlords will receive the best possible service that we are able to deliver” Read the response from Darlington Borough Council here, and apply for a licence via the Council’s website here. 

Mendip Council

How has the Council been preparing? Mendip Council has been holding a series of landlord forums, and has been issuing press releases and posting on social media ahead of the changes. You can read the response from the council here, and see the HMO pages on the Councils website here.See the response from Mendip Council here 

Cornwall Council 

You can read the response to our letter here.

Waltham Forest Council

Waltham Forest Council response

Elmbridge Council

Read the response from Elmbridge Council here 

Isle of White Council response

Read the response from Isle of Wight council here

Preston Council response

Preston Council here

St Helens Council response

Read the response from St Helens council here

West Oxfordshire District Council 

Read the response from West Oxfordshire District Council here council

Bromsgrove and Redditch Council

Read the response from Bromsgrove and Redditch Council here 

Epping Forest District Council response

Read the Epping Forest District Council response here

Stafford Borough Council

Read the response from Stafford Borough Council here

Walsall Council

Read the response from Walsall Council here

West Berkshire Council

Read the response from West Berkshire Council here


About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

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