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Hello everyone. I have a general question on HMO Licensing. Which London boroughs tend to be 'easier' to obtain a HMO licence?
I've lived in NW1 for quite a while now, so very familiar with the area. However, according to my property management agent, Camden City Council may not be the easiest to get HMO licences from? Not sure if this is factual or hearsay, but would love to hear what others think of the Camden borough, as well as others in London
The process by which councils approve or refuse an HMO licence is set out in legislation. They are required to take account of whether the property is reasonably suitable for occupation by a certain number of people, whether the landlord and property manager (if any) are fit and proper, and whether the management arrangements are satisfactory.
As such, the issue is more about how easily you can meet these criteria which all councils will apply. What does vary is the speed at which councils process licence applications and also variation in their locally adopted HMO standards that act as guidance when assessing if your property is suitable.
If it helps, you can read our free guide to property licensing in Camden here: https://www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/camden
What is clear is that if your property needs licensing, you should apply asap as there are hefty sanctions for those that fail to apply, and Camden do quite a lot of enforcement work in that regard.
Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH
London Property Licensing
This information is intended as general advice and guidance. It is not legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on the information published in this response. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice.
Many thanks Richard! Will have a read of what you sent
ALot of london councils have taken their lead from Camden Council, and you will find they run alot of landlord talks across the boroughs.
You are right they do run various events and try to engage with landlords. I was speaking to one of their senior managers yesterday who told me they have a landlord event coming up very soon, but it is already fully booked!
They also run the landlord Accreditation Scheme.- and have for years. Must ammit some of their events are very interesting and good way of keeping up with renting rules and regulations. Not sure now but at one time if you accumulated some many points for attendance you could get money off the licence charge.
Camden do still offer a £95 fee discount for accredited landlords, which is something I very much support.
I'm pleased to say that my company has been shortlisted in the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme 'Best Landlord Service Provider 2019' and 'Making a Difference 2019' Awards, with winners to be announced on Friday night! https://www.londonpropertylicensing.co.u...march-2019
Congratulations Richard on being nominated for the award, and thank you and Douglas for the useful insight. I was considering taking the landlord accreditation scheme qualification, I think now it has pushed me positively towards that. I’ve been checking the Camden council news from time to time and found it to be very useful as well. I’m glad to know Camden is considered to be quite advanced in these things compared to other local authorities!
im accredited through LLAS and though their trainer and agenda was very biased against landlords, always taking an undue pro-tenant interpretation of the law, or even just getting it plain wrong.
Thanks Joe. Appreciate the heads up
Well done, hope you win.