Kensington & Chelsea Additional Licensing Consultation - 29 March to 20 June 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021 - Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Kensington & Chelsea additional licensing consultation 2021

Date: Monday 29 March to Sunday 20 June 2021

About: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea have launched a consultation on their proposal to introduce a borough wide additional HMO licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). These are often shared homes, including house and flat shares, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats. The council want to ensure safe, well managed and healthy homes for tenants living in the private rented sector, and in particular for those living in HMOs. The council aim to work with landlords to drive up compliance and professionalism, whilst using the full range of their legal powers against those who choose not to respond to formal approaches.

Kensington and Chelsea has a growing private sector market, with 44 per cent of its properties being privately rented. HMOs make up a significant part of that market, providing some of the cheapest forms of private housing available, to a diverse mix of people, families, and communities across the whole of the borough.

Housing is a major focus for the Council, and they know that safe, secure, healthier, and affordable homes are vital for giving people the best possible chance in life, helping to promote equal access to services, and opportunities for all. Through the Housing strategy, the council are committed to ensuring all housing, including HMOs, meet the highest possible safety standards.

The council has published a consultation document that explains the proposed additional licensing scheme in more detail. You can find out more, read the document and take part in the consultation on the council's website. Once you click on the link, you can complete the online survey by following the 'Give us your views' link at the bottom of the web-page.

If you require hard copies, are having difficulties accessing the material or require the information in another format (e.g. information in an alternative language) please contact the Private Sector Housing Team via email or phone 020 7341 5714 to request this between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Once the consultation has ended, responses will be analysed and a report presented to councillors setting out recommendations about the proposed way forwards.

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