Additional Licensing for York HMO Properties from 1st April 2023

After 2 rounds of consultations, the City of York council has announced that there will be an additional HMO Licensing scheme for HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) with 3 or 4 tenants who form more than one household.

Landlords with smaller HMO properties in the City of York will need to ensure that their properties are up to date with the latest Licensing rules. Not only will Landlords need to apply for a License for their HMO, they will also need to ensure their property is fully compliant and up to date (Gas Safety Certificate, Electrical Compliance Certificate, EPC, Fire Assessment, PAT certificate, Plan of the Property showing the number of rooms, room sizes, windows and doors and the property should also meet the amenity standards outlined on the City of York Council website).

The latest regulations affect properties that are occupied by 3 or 4 people who form more than one household, where householders share facilities such as the kitchen, bathroom, or toilet. This new HMO Licensing is in addition to the existing Mandatory HMO Licensing under the Housing Act 2004. Failure to adhere to the new Licensing regulations could see penalty charges of up to £30,000.

The additional Licensing comes into effect from 1st April 2023 and affects HMO properties (both Students & Professionals) in York that are located in the following 8 Wards: Clifton, Fishergate, Fulford & Heslington, Guildhall, Heworth, Hull Road, Micklegate, Osbaldwick & Derwent.

Further information on this, including a map of the ward boundaries as well as information on how to apply, can be found on the City of York Council website.