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Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.

HMO Licensing – an update

HMO Licensing –  A step closer to clarification

In the spirit of being ‘in it all together’, we would like to keep you up to speed with updates as they happen regarding additional HMO Licensing across Oxford.

Recently we laid out our position, thoughts and action on the proposed additional licensing (see post 30th September).  As a result of a meeting of the City Executive Board at the beginning of this week, the following clarification has been outlined on the Oxford City Council’s website:

Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)

On 18 October 2010 the City Executive Board resolved to introduce an Additional Licensing Scheme that covers the whole of city for every HMO in Oxford.

At the same meeting the City Executive Board also revoked the earlier proposed scheme that was due to come into force on the 25 October 2010. The reason for the revocation was to enable the Council to amend and clarify the scheme to address the concerns raised by some landlords and letting agents and avoid expensive litigation.

The first stage of the scheme will now come into force on the 24 January 2011. From this date the landlords of three or more storey HMOs  that contain three or four occupiers and the two storey HMOs that contain more than five occupiers will require a licence. The second stage will come into force on the 30th January 2012 and require the landlords of the remaining HMOs to obtain a licence.”

Click here for the relevant OCC web page and their documentation.”

Perhaps the most important thing to note here is that in just less than 3 months time any house rented to sharers over 3 floors, and 2 storey dwellings with 5 sharers will be expected to have a licence.

We still await many specifics (what works will be required, how long do the council expect it to take to issue a license -can it all be done by January!), but be assured we will let you know as soon as we hear.