HMO licensing consultation
Have your say on our landlord licensing scheme
We want to know what you think about our proposals to renew our additional HMO licensing scheme.
Before completing our survey, we recommend, as a minimum, that you read our proposal summary below. You may also wish to read all the supplementary information for a full understanding of why we think the scheme is a good idea for Camden and how we propose the scheme would continue to operate in practice.
In 2015 we introduced a borough wide additional licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). HMOs are shared homes, including house and flat shares, student homes, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats.
Our licensing scheme has helped improve the quality and safety of homes for people living in the private rented sector. So far we have received over 4,300 licence applications, licensed over 3,100 properties and carried out 3,500 inspections.
Renewing the scheme will make sure we continue to make homes in Camden safe, warm and secure as set out in our Camden Plan. We will also be able to continue to tackle rogue landlords who own or rent an HMO without a licence.
In addition we are seeking initial views on whether a selective licensing scheme should be introduced in the future to license all private rented accommodation, not only HMOs. This could be in the whole or only part of the borough. The Council will consider this possibility further when the consultation is finished and we have looked at the available evidence. This is not a statutory consultation on selective licensing. Further information on selective licensing can be found here.
A decision in relation to the commencement of this formal consultation was made at a Cabinet meeting on 13 November 2019. Details of this meeting can be found here
Who are we consulting with?
We want to hear from all residents, tenants, landlords, letting or managing agents, businesses and advice providers in Camden and neighbouring boroughs of Barnet, Brent, City of London, Haringey, Islington and Westminster.
When is it taking place?
The consultation will be open for a period of 12 weeks, starting on 16 December and ending on Sunday 8 March 2019.
How can I find out more?
To find out more contact the HMO licensing team on 020 7974 5969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be holding the following drop in sessions at libraries around Camden.
|Swiss Cottage Library||Thursday 9 January 2020, 10am-12:30pm|
|West Hampstead Library||Thursday 16 January 2020, 3pm-5pm|
|Kentish Town Library||Friday 17 January 2020, 10am-12:30pm|
|Pancras Square Library||Wednesday 22 January 2020, 5pm-7.30pm|
|Holborn Library||Wednesday 29 January 2020, 3pm-5pm|
For details of how to find the libraries, please click here.