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 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!