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Additional Licensing Scheme

Meeting: 31/07/2012 - Cabinet (Item 90)

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Report of Elizabeth Gould, Executive Member for Planning & Environmental Services.

Minutes:

The Executive Member for Planning & Environmental Services presented the report that followed on from the consultation held regarding the introduction of an additional Licensing Scheme.  Cabinet had previously confirmed at its meeting in February 2012 that it wished to introduce such a Scheme.

 

To make the formal designation would allow the powers required to license houses in multiple occupation not covered by the Mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation provisions to come into force three months from the date of designation being the 31 July 2012.

 

The only comment made was from the Chairman who could not understand why this matter, which was in relation to licensing, came under the Housing Portfolio when there was a stand-alone Licensing Team.

 

The report was otherwise agreed.

 

Options

       

Not to make the designation.

 

Reasons

        

Through licensing to ensure proper management and control of Houses in Multiple Occupation.

  

To reduce threats to the health safety and welfare of occupants and incidents of anti-social behaviour associated with multiple occupancy.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     the formal designation be made for an Additional Licensing Scheme for houses in multiple occupation within the Breckland area;

2)     the designation be made under Section 56 Housing Act 2004 and the Housing Act 2004: Licensing of Housing Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing of other Residential Accommodation (England) General Approval 2010;

3)     the designation made apply to all Wards within the Breckland administrative district and to all buildings, or parts of buildings as follows:

a)     occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares or lacks an amenity;

b)     occupied by more than one household and is a converted building containing not entirely self contained flats; and

c)      is converted into self contained flats but does not meet the requirements of the Building Regulations 1991 and where at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.