Additional Licensing Scheme consultation

We are seeking your views on our proposal to introduce a targeted Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)  to ensure our city has a safe, well-managed and professionally run private rented sector.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are shared homes, including houses and flat shares, student homes and bedsits. York has a significant private rented sector which is home to a diverse mix of people, families and communities. We want to ensure that all rented housing in York meets suitable standards of maintenance and is run professionally to a high standard.

Data shows that HMOs are more typically found in wards closer to the city centre and the two major university complexes, such as

  • Hull Road ward
  • Guildhall ward
  • Fishergate ward
  • Clifton ward
  • Heworth ward
  • Micklegate ward
  • Osbaldwick and Derwent ward and
  • Fulford and Heslington ward

Many of these areas have high numbers of older properties where poor conditions are more prevalent. Analysis of energy performance certificate data shows a strong correlation between HMO density and lower EPC ratings. Likewise, analysis of environmental complaints data shows some correlation between high density HMO areas and ASB, noise and waste complaints, although the link could also be due to these areas being typically more densely populated and towards the urban core where such complaints are more prevalent.

Currently only those HMOs with 5 or people making up more than 1 household must be licensed with the City of York Council. This proposal will require all HMOs in the above wards to obtain a licence. By introducing a targeted Additional Licensing Scheme, we aim to improve conditions in the private rented sector, create sustainable tenancies with empowered tenants and reputable landlords.

The consultation

The Council are consulting for 10 weeks from 16 April to 27 June 2021.
To have your say in the consultation please complete our online survey.

Complete the survey

Once we have consulted with our residents and stakeholders, the council will use the findings to inform our decision. We will publish our decision in Autumn 2021.


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Housing Standards and Adaptations

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 552300