Whats New for Landlords
This page is regularly updated to bring the latest news for
landlords on housing matters of interest and importance.
Additional HMO Licensing
The Council took the decision on
23rd January 2013 to introduce Additional Licensing of HMOs within
the Borough. The Decision was based on the responses to
the consultation, to introduce additional licensing across the
borough carried out between October and December 2012. This will
have wide ranging implications for landlords of affected
properties. The information on this page is designed to help
landlords who may need to register with the Council to obtain a
You can view the Executive Committee report and supporting
documentation by clicking the links below:
Record of Decisions
The scheme begins on 6th May
2013 - you can pre-register for an application and give us
details of your properties by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure you head your email HMO additional licensing.
All landlords who are currently registered with us or on our
database will receive their application pack soon, giving plenty of
time to apply.
We are currently surveying,
house to house across all areas of the borough where we will be
seeking out HMOs that we need to check - so any HMOs not known to
us should be identified in the forthcoming months. When we
call we will either confirm the occupation from occupying tenants
or we may leave a letter explaining what you need to
do. Please send an email to email@example.com or
call the hotline 01234 718516 and leave your details. We
will call you straight back.
The fees for landlords to pay
have been changed to reflect comments received during the
- Discounted fee of £285.00 per property - for application during
the first year of the scheme, up to 5th May 2014.
- Full fee after 6th May 2014 will be £500 per property.
- Discounts will be available for landlords with more then one
property in line with current charging policy.
There will be an extra fee to
pay if you do not complete the application correctly and supply the
documents required - this represents the extra costs of chasing you
up and reminding you to provide the documents or information. This
extra fee will be 20% of the cost.
Landlords of HMOs who belong to
the University accreditation scheme or another recognised scheme
will be grandfathered in (no form filling) for the reduced fee as
long as we do not need to chase up any information.
We are producing a 'landlords
guide' which will be made available very soon (end January/early
February 2013) for download or sending by post.
Licensing is about your
management of the property. Once you have successfully received
your licence, the information will allow us to prioritise an
inspection of the HMO to check the matters we know are important -
the condition and safety of the house, gas, fire, electricity and
to make sure the facilities you provide are in good order. We will
inspect your HMO after
the licence is issued, so you can wait for us to contact you. Or if
you prefer to have an inspection sooner and know if any works are
required, you can ask us to arrange your inspection.
Landlords of larger portfolios
can ask to arrange a meeting with us, at your convenience and
location - we are happy to help and support you and explain
anything you need to know.
It is not necessary to do
anything now. Revisit this website in the upcoming months to check
for new information. If you register your details you will
automatically get your application pack.
Remember for more information
email firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone 01234 718516.
Good Practice Guide
The Council's Good Practice Guide has now been adopted. Changes
in the government's rules means that Councils may adopt standards
for housing based on the 'prescribed standards' set out in
the Housing Act 2004 and associated regulations. Bedford Borough
Council has put together a practical guide which is useful for both
landlords, tenants and other housing professional. It brings
together all the relevant legislation and guidance in one
Good Practice Guide Adopted.