Additional licensing enables local authorities to license smaller HMOs not covered under the mandatory scheme if certain conditions are met. This would apply to properties occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

By requiring landlords to apply for a license, the council is able to ensure they are a ‘fit and proper’ person and through compliance with the licence conditions, are providing well managed homes. The local authority is required to consult with interested parties about the scheme and consider representations before reaching a final decision. Further information on the scheme including the consultation document, the proposed conditions and frequently asked questions about the proposals are available on our website.

The basis for the introduction of additional licensing in Portsmouth is related to the impacts of poor living conditions and poor management practices on tenants, as indicated by the evidence from the current mandatory licensing scheme which suggests approximately one third of HMOs inspected contain serious health and safety issues.

The proposed designation therefore seeks to scale up the licensing of HMOs to provide inclusion for all tenants living in them. A city-wide designation is proposed so that all HMOs in Portsmouth are captured by the scheme.

All data collected will be made anonymous and will not be shared with anyone outside Portsmouth City Council. We will store your data in line with the council's Data Protection privacy notice.
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