Decision details

Amendment to the HMO Fee Structure/Discount

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To amend the available discounts for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences with immediate effect.

Decision:

That the proposed revised discounts for HMO licences, as detailed in the report published on 8 January, 2019, be approved with immediate effect.  This includes to:-

·                    Offer a 30% discount to all new HMO applications that are received within 3 months of first occupation (Mandatory and Additional HMOs)

·                    Offer a 30% discount to all HMO renewals applications that are made prior to licence expiry.

·                    Remove the £80 discount for applications from ‘known compliant HMOs’.

Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that HMO licence fees are consistent and fair, whether for a new application or a renewal.  The updated discounts will also provide a financial incentive for landlords to apply for a licence (or renewal) at the earliest opportunity.

Alternative options considered:

Not to review the fees and charges.  However, a full corporate review of fees and charges (which includes HMO fees) is currently being considered as part of the budget setting process and will take effect in April 2019.  Due to the timing of some early HMO licenses the renewal date falls ahead of time.  It is therefore prudent to bring forward the renewal discount so as not to penalise those due to renew now.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Publication date: 15/01/2019

Date of decision: 15/01/2019

Effective from: 23/01/2019

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