Brighton & Hove introduces new PRS licensing schemes

Brighton & Hove introduces new PRS licensing schemes

0:01 AM, 11th June 2024, About 4 days ago 3

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Brighton & Hove council has revealed that it’s introducing a new additional licensing scheme for smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) starting in July.

This scheme applies to HMOs with two or more floors, and three or four occupants.

Landlords and managing agents can apply for licenses from July 1st.

From September, a selective licensing scheme for some PRS homes in four other wards, including Kemptown, will be introduced.

Standard additional licensing fee is £824

According to the council’s website, a standard additional licensing fee is £824, and the fee for HMOs is £845.

There are discounts available for landlord accreditation and meeting a minimum EPC C rating.

Councillors agreed to the introduction of the two property licensing schemes at the Housing and New Homes Committee held in March.

The aim, the council says, is to help improve PRS standards in the city.

It says that while many landlords run their properties responsibly, there have been issues reported on the standards and quality of rented homes.

More than a third of households in Brighton are renting.

The council also says it has contacted landlords and agents of properties licensed under the previous scheme to update its records.

Landlords didn’t agree when consulted

The scheme follows consultations held between October 2023 and January which received resident support – but not from landlords and agents.

This new scheme replaces a previous five-year scheme that ended last year.

That scheme covered around 1,900 HMOs and led to collaborations with landlords for property improvements.

The new scheme will cover around 2,200 properties.


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Reluctant Landlord

13:35 PM, 11th June 2024, About 3 days ago

The scheme follows consultations held between October 2023 and January which received resident support – but not from landlords and agents.
A reminder of that to all tenants then when the rent increases...!

Or perhaps when it meant it received ' resident support' it means that local owner occupiers voted in favour?

Nothing like lies and statistics....

Crouchender

16:39 PM, 11th June 2024, About 3 days ago

My council said 70% of tenants were in favour of SL. Sounds like a really big result!

Err right!. When you break down the numbers it was 70% of ELEVEN tenants who replied. I.e. ONLY SEVEN tenants in the whole borough said great idea covering 5000 properties

I have already told my tenants I will have to add a 'SL premium' to the rent thanks to the council.

Tim Rogers

22:25 PM, 13th June 2024, About 14 hours ago

I have a vague memory there was some kind of a SL scheme proposal, (not HMO's ?), in Brighton a few years ago, that got knocked back by the minister on appeal when it was shown the necessary criteria had not been met?

I just wonder if a similar approach might be affective this time?

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