Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea additional licensing scheme starts 1 June 2023

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 - Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Following a licensing consultation that took place from 29 March to 20 June 2021 (read here), the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has decided to implement a borough wide additional licensing scheme.

The new scheme will extend licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) occupied by three or more people. This will include house and flat shares, bedsit accommodation and some converted buildings. The council has decided to exclude so-called ‘section 257 HMOs’ from the new scheme.

The scheme designation was made by the council on 20 October 2022. Whilst the council are required to give just three months notice, the new scheme does not come into force until 1 June 2023.

Having checked the council’s website, many of the details are still to be finalised. Whilst it indicates licence applications can be made from 1 May 2023, it says information about how to apply, licence conditions and licence application fees will be available in the coming months.

With no more information currently available, landlords and agents will need to monitor developments closely.

Our free guide containing more information about property licensing and HMO planning restrictions in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is available here.

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