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Landlords in West Bromwich reminded to check if they need housing licence under new scheme

Published 16th June 2022

Private landlords who rent out properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they need to apply for a licence under a new scheme being introduced by Sandwell Council from 1 July.

Private landlords who rent out  properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they need to apply for a licence under a new scheme being introduced by Sandwell Council from 1 July.

Under the Additional Licensing Scheme, properties where three or four people live and share amenities such as kitchens and bathroom are classed as a small House in Multiple Occupation or HMOs.

Landlords who rent such properties in and around the High Street and town centre areas of West Bromwich are being reminded to register for a licence in advance of the scheme getting underway.

The council has introduced the Additional Licensing scheme because there’s been a rapid growth in the number of all types of HMOs in Sandwell in recent years. While most of them are a good standard and well managed, others are not leading to concerns about tenants’ safety, problems for neighbours and complaints being made to the council.

The cost of a five-year licence will be £893.35, paid in two stages with discounts of up to £155 available for landlords who are members of accredited landlord schemes.

Councillor Charn Singh Padda, Sandwell’s cabinet member for quality housing, said: “While most landlords already provide good quality, safe properties, we know that some do not.

“We want to work with landlords to ensure their property is of a sufficient quality and that tenants are safe. We can help them to be sure that all the licensing conditions and management regulations are followed.”

The introduction of the scheme follows an extensive 12-week consultation which took place from January-April 2020.

Large Houses in Multiple Occupation – where five or more people live – already require landlords to apply for a mandatory licence from the council.

Landlords who come under the new scheme will be able to make applications for licences from April onwards with the scheme being legally enforced from 1 July.

If you live in such a property please contact your landlord or us to see if it falls under this scheme.

More information is available on the council's additional licensing webpage or by emailing: landlord_licensing@sandwell.gov.uk