Additional HMO Licensing in Cathays

Cardiff County Council has confirmed the designation of an additional licensing scheme in respect of houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) covering the Cathays Community Ward of Cardiff. The designation was made at the Executive Business Meeting on 4th March 2010 . The designation has the effect of applying HMO licensing to all HMO’s in the Cathays Community Ward from 1st July 2010.

We at CPS Homes pride ourselves on ensuring that our landlords who own HMO licensable property are made aware of exactly what is required of them to meet the specified standards. If you are unsure whether your property falls into this bracket, or you are considering buying a property and have a question regarding HMO licenses, please feel free to contact us; please refer to the bottom of this page for information on how to get in touch.

The Housing Act 2004 gives the definition of a house In multiple occupation.

A building, or part of a building, will be an HMO if:

  • It is occupied by persons who do not form a single household, and
  • it is occupied by those persons as their only or main residence, and
  • rent is payable by at least one of the occupiers, and
  • two or more households share basic amenities.

This effectively means that any property rented out to three or more persons, who are not classed as a single household will be classed as an HMO. This is a simplified definition and further details can be found in the 2004 Housing Act .

CPS Homes are highly experienced in advising landlords in compliance with HMO regulations, and can assist with any works needed. The penalty for not applying for a license include fines of up to £20,000 along with additional penalties. Needless to say, failure to apply for a license is an extremely serious offence with grave consequences.

As the experts in this field, we are happy to advise landlords on a case by case basis, as the works required will vary from property to property; please contact John Pinn by e-mailing or call 02920 454555.

For a map of the affected area, please click here . 

CPS Homes have produdced a number of pages containing information on additional licensing in Cathays, as well as generic HMO advice.

For information on additional and mandatory licensing on HMO's please click here.

For information on ammenity standards in HMO properties please click here.

For definitions of HMO's including flats please click here.

20 March 2010


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