Landlord Licensing

Closes 22 Feb 2022

About this consultation

Under the Housing Act 2004, the Government provided local authorities with the legislative powers to tackle poor quality Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) through a Mandatory Licensing Scheme.

This requires all HMOs occupied by five or more tenants living in two or more separate households and share facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms, to have a licence, these are also known as large HMOs. Across Leicester we currently have over 1,000 properties licensed using these powers

In order to further improve housing standards and property management in the private rented sector, we are consulting on proposals that extend the regulations that are already in place. There are two types of Discretionary Licensing Schemes:

Selective Licensing scheme

  • In an area subject to a Selective Licensing scheme, all private landlords must obtain a licence (a few exemptions do apply).

Additional Licensing scheme

  • In an area subject to an Additional Licensing scheme, all houses in multiple occupations (HMO's) occupied by three or more tenants living in two or more households and share facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms, to have a licence, these are also known as small HMOs.

Based on evidence, both schemes can be introduced either citywide or targeted to areas there are known to have existing evidenced problems.

This consultation considers three potential alternatives:

  • Option A: Selective Licensing (Targeted)
  • Option B: Additional Licensing (City-wide)
  • Option C: Additional Licensing (Targeted)

A data pack and maps relating to these options is available for download. Detailed maps relating to the targeted schemes are also embedded in the consultation for reference.

A recent report was taken to Leicester City Council's Overview Select Committee (also Appendix A and Appendix B). Within this you will find more detail including a comparison of the risks and benefits associated with each scheme and details of exempt properties under a selective licensing scheme. This can also be found within the full business case (alternatively, view business case summary).

Please note that each scheme lasts for a five-year term, at which point it can be decided whether to renew. Where evidenced, both selective and additional licensing can co-exist.

Leicester City Council would like to encourage residents, tenants, landlords, businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations, key partners such as the Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and others to participate in this consultation.

Every individual and every organisation’s views count as we seek to determine if the options presented in this document are viable and useful in driving up housing standards in the private rented sector in Leicester.