Additional Licensing Scheme consultation

In 2021, we invited you to take part in our consultation on extending a licensing scheme to more homes in multiple occupation (HMOs). Thank you to everyone who took part.

We now want to invite you to the next step of this consultation. For the full background, please read: “Consultation Report: Considering the case for additional licensing of houses in multiple occupation” before answering the survey questions.

This second consultation is being carried out because, while there was broad support for the proposals, a second, more detailed consultation is necessary to allow people who are likely to be affected by the proposals another opportunity to make further comments.

This consultation outlines the proposal in more detail and is offered to anyone who didn’t take part in the first consultation and/or who is likely to be affected by the proposals. Views on this are being sought from tenants, landlords and partner organisations.

Some of the key responses from the first consultation have been included in this updated report. This includes information from a joint report by Citizens’ Advice York and University of York Students’ Union, ‘Students’ Experiences of Private Rented Housing in York‘ and from points raised by York Residential Landlords Association (YRLA). You can also read the executive summary for this report and a letter in response from YRLA.

The report seeks to ensure that anyone who is likely to be affected by the proposed scheme, is consulted with and is clearly aware of:

The consultation

The Council consulted for 10 weeks from 22 October to 31 December 2021. The consultation is now closed.

Once we have consulted with our residents and stakeholders, we'll use the findings to inform our decision. We'll publish our decision in Spring 2022.

The previous consultation took place earlier in the year, between April and June 2021.

Next Steps

A detailed analysis of the results from both consultations will be included in the final report to the council’s Executive before any decision on the licensing scheme is made.

Healthy and Sustainable Homes Service

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