Haringey Now Running New Additional HMO Licensing Scheme
The Additional HMO licensing scheme, that was approved by the Cabinet in February 2019, is now running across the entire London borough of Haringey. Under the new scheme all HMOs, that fall outside of the Mandatory licensing criteria, must be licensed. This new Additional licensing scheme came into force on 27th May 2019 and has replaced the previous Additional licensing scheme, covering just the Tottenham area, which ended on 30th April 2019.
All HMOs in Haringey that meet the following criteria of a Section 254 HMO, that do not meet the criteria for Mandatory licensing, are required to be licensed under the new Additional licensing scheme:
- 3 or more tenants;
- from more than 1 household;
- sharing facilities
The London Borough of Haringey have decided to include Section 257 HMOs within the new borough-wide Additional licensing scheme. In Haringey, buildings will be required to have an S257 HMO licence if they:
- have been converted into self-contained flats;
- the conversion did not comply with the 1991 Buildings Regulations; and
- less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied
Please note, it is the responsibility of the freeholder of the building to apply for an Additional licence for S257 HMOs.
The full definition of all types of HMO's can be found in Section 254 to 260 of The Housing Act 2004.
Please be aware that there are a number of statutory exemptions to licensing schemes. For further information of the current exemptions please contact please contact HMO Services.
For landlords and agents who submitted their application before 27th May 2019 the London Borough of Haringey offered a £500 "early bird" fee, instead of their standard fee of £1,100. However this deadline has now passed and the application fee has returned to £1,100, paid across two instalments of £500 upon submission and £600 once the application has been processed.
As Haringey's online application system is not yet live, landlords and agents are required to download an application form from the council's website and complete this by hand.
SUMMARY OF LICENSING IN HARINGEY
- You need an Additional HMO licence if you are a landlord or agent of a property in Haringey with 3 or more tenants from more 1 than household, sharing facilities.
- You need an Additional HMO licence if you are the freeholder of a building that meets the S257 HMO criteria listed above.
Landlords and managing agents who fail to apply for a licence or comply with licence conditions are at risk of a fine of up to £30,000 and could face criminal prosecution. Additional enforcements include repaying up to 12 months of rent to tenants, being placed on the database for rogue landlords and agents and being banned from letting property in the future.
For more information please contact HMO Services on 020 3848 2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.