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Yet another landlord licensing regime looks set for 2023

A consultation on a new licensing regime looks set to start in Warwick in the new year.

The council will next week decide whether to consult on a scheme that would see more Houses in Multiple Occupation, fall within its licensing structure.

Currently there are around 700 known unlicenced properties - these are three and four person shared houses, converted flats and bedsit-type accommodation and are not subject to the current licencing scheme, which just covers larger HMOs with five or more occupants. 


The licencing scheme would require landlords to ensure all HMOs are safe, meet minimum space standards, maintained in good repair and free from serious hazards. 

Councillor Jan Matecki, Warwick District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, says: “There has been an increased growth of HMOs in Warwick District, and additional licencing is seen as an effective way of bringing those homes not currently licenced under tighter controls and giving tenants the reassurance of higher safety standards. 

“The paper I will be bringing forward to Cabinet on 7 December will also deal with many of the issues that residents have that live near to these HMOs. If approved by Councillors, the consultation for this licencing scheme will provide the opportunity for tenants, residents and landlords to have their say on the proposed scheme.” 

Subject to Cabinet approval, the consultation will run from 9 January to 20 March 2023 and will cover areas such as, how the scheme might operate, the areas of the district it should cover, and whether to include certain types of converted buildings and purpose-built flats. 

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    Keep’em coming… said no landlord ever 🤔🤔. It’s blatant theft, they have no shame.

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    Durham just charged £500 for a council employee to spend 10 mins reading my application and phoning me up to confirm a couple of random details. I could have put anything on the form - they don't care as long as they are cashing in half a grand for nothing.

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    Jim, thank your lucky stars its a grand and a half in the Capital.
    They won’t ring you and you can’t ring them either never answer a phone but after a wait a recording from the lady with American ascent tells you, you have 3 non options and the recording wishes you good bye,
    In other words they ignore you but don’t worry they can hit you at any time they like for £30k or take management of your property.


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