The Housing Act (2004) introduced licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
During late 2013, DASH was asked to look at what options local authorities had to improve housing standards using licensing. The following useful guide has been produced – Click here
In addition, DASH has brought together a number of useful guides to assist housing professionals in the area:
Many Local Authorities are considering introducing Discretionary Licensing of properties in the private rented sector.
Landlords are encouraged to visit the individual Local Authority’s websites to ascertain if a Discretionary Licensing is in operation - the Council do not take unawareness of a scheme as a defence and you could face a fine or even prosecution