Consultation commences on additional licensing scheme for HMOs in Cathays

Cardiff Council is inviting comments from tenants, landlords, members of the public and interested organisations on the proposal to introduce an Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation in the Cathays Ward of Cardiff.

Additional licensing could bring significant benefits in Cardiff by securing improved housing accommodation and better management of properties. The scheme would improve safety for the occupiers and could also bring improvements to the wider community.

In the Executive Business meeting on 10th September the Executive Board agreed that the Private Sector Housing team could consult with the public and other interested organisations including The Welsh Assembly Government, Tenants, Local Residents, Landlords, Universities, and Letting Associations etc.

Additional licensing powers enable the Council to extend the scope of its Mandatory HMO licensing to other descriptions of HMO either in all or in part of its district.

Executive Member for Communities, Housing and Social Justice, Cllr Judith Woodman, said: “I would like to encourage residents of the Cathays area to get involved with the process and feedback any comments they may have. Additional Licensing will not only benefit the people who live in private rented accomodation but it will also benefit the wider community.”

The consultation period runs for 2 months between Oct 15th – Dec 15th , and gives tenants, landlords, the general public and interested organisations the opportunity to comment on the scheme.

Any comments received will be considered when making the decision to declare an Additional Licensing Scheme for the Cathays Ward.

There are several ways in which people can view or obtain the Public Consultation document and associated questionnaire:

How to submit comments
Comments on the Additional Licensing scheme should be completed using the on-line questionnaire or by requesting a paper copy from Charlotte Dunleavy at the above address.

Closing dates for comments is the 15th December 2009.


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