Additional HMO Licence Scheme
In an aim to increase standards and control the quality of privately available rented accommodation in the district, Hammersmith and Fulham are introducing an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in the area.
The scheme will come into affect on the 5th of June – the date when we are expecting applications to be available on the council website. The additional licensing scheme will require landlords across the borough to get a licence if they let a property occupied by at least three people who do not make up a single household and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
The introduction of an Additional Licensing Scheme is just one of the new measures brought in by the council to control property standards. Other measures include increased safety protocols for tenants including waste management – these changes were made in January of this year and include all licensed properties.
An increased Selective Licensing Scheme will require all landlords letting a property on named streets, where anti-social behaviour has been a problem, to get a licence.
A new landlords’ rental charter to encourage landlords to commit to best practice in management, housing standards, living rent, charges, protecting tenants’ deposits and security of tenancies. We expect this will attract tenants to choose H&F charter landlords over other landlords.
A new social lettings agency to put potential renters in touch with the best local landlords who meet all the higher standards expected.
It is not surprising that the county is currently leading the way in increased property regulation considering one third of the rental accommodation in Hammersmith and Fulham is supplied by the private rented sector.
More specific information regarding Additional Licensing will be available as we have it!