Earlier this year, 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 proprosal 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.
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 evidence being used to determine the proposed scheme, and how an additional licensing scheme might improve standards and management of HMOs in those wards where other action has not been effective
- what the proposed scheme looks like, including the type of HMOs to be included, the draft conditions being proposed and fee structure
- which wards are being proposed to be included in the scheme namely;
The Council are consulting for 10 weeks from 22 October to 31 December 2021.
To have your say in the consultation please complete our online survey.
Please contact HMOlicensing@york.gov.uk if you require paper copies of the consultation.
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.
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.