HMO LICENSING REFORMS

9th July 2018 By

Cornwall Council are now in a position to be able to invite applications from landlords who are affected by the mandatory HMO licensing reforms.

In order to ensure that landlords are given the best chance of complying with the licensing requirements ahead of the 1st October deadline Cornwall Council feel the need to make a start now, and will be doing their best to meet the increased demand that licensing will bring.

Failure to licence a licensable property can attract a fine of up to £30,000 or prosecution so Cornwall Council will be making considerable effort to engage with landlords to notify them of these changes.

Applicants that make a valid application before 1st October 2018 will be eligible for an ‘early bird discount’ fee of £999. After the 1st October 2018 the standard fee will be £1150, or £1500 where a property is identified as licensable by the Council but is operating without a licence.

Details on how to make an application can be found on the Cornwall Council Website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/housing/private-sector-housing/house-in-multiple-occupation/ or alternatively the Private Sector Housing Team will post an applicant an application form for completion.

Anyone wanting advice from Cornwall Council should contact Martyn Dymond, you will be required to join the Cornwall Responsible Landlord Scheme – why not, it is free.

If you let any property with five or more unrelated individuals or two or more unrelated households as tenants you MUST have a licence – Yes, even if it is a bungalow!

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HOUSING FOR REFUGEES

15th November 2016 By

Cornwall Council is seeking privately rented housing for a small number of Syrian Refugee families in Mid-Cornwall.

The families have a case worker who can help with communication so there is no need to worry about the language barrier, and deposit and rent in advance will be provided. The property would need to be:

  • 2 or 3 bedroom
  • Fully self-contained
  • Rent at LHA rate (2 bed = £573 per month, 3 bed=£656 per month)
  • Well connected to Truro via public transport
  • Available for the full year (not just a winter let)
  • To meet health and safety standards
  • Suitable for a family with young children
  • Expected to become available during 2017

 

If you would like your property to provide a home for a family in need please contact refugeehelp@cornwall.gov.uk

Anyone wanting to assist is urged to contact their insurer before speaking to Cornwall Council

 

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CORNWALL COUNCIL ENFORCEMENT PLANS

25th February 2015 By

We have been sent this document by a concerned member of the public with the comment:

“Cornwall Council recently uploaded this to their website.
Your members should be aware of the ramifications and the enforcement powers they are now claiming!”

Pages 18 – 27 would appear to specifically relate to rented property but you may find the rest of the document ‘interesting’ reading.

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