Under the legislation, we can charge a fee for licensing a property to cover the costs of running the scheme. This fee is a one off payment normally covering five years.
The proposed fee structure is illustrated in the following table.
Table 1: Table of fees payable for additional licensing scheme
||Part 1 Fee
||Part 2 Fee
|Licence application and fee* received within deadline with no discounts
|With £150 discount for satisfactory safety/EPC certificates1
|With £150 discount for WoE Rent with Confidence membership2
|With £300 discount for both WoE Rent with Confidence membership and satisfactory safety/EPC certificates
|With £100 additional "Found Unlicensed Fee"3
*NB An application is not valid unless accompanied by the relevant fee.
Discounts will be awarded where bona fide satisfactory Electrical, Gas, (if applicable) safety and Energy Performance certificates are submitted before the licence is issued or within 3 months of the licence being issued.
Discounts will be awarded where the landlord or agent is a member of an accreditation scheme provided by an approved provider under the West of England Rent with Confidence scheme at the time of the application.
An additional found unlicensed fee will be added where the application is not made on time. No discounts are available if this fee is due.
Refunds of fees paid will only refunded when the property licensed didn’t require a licence at the time of application.
Payments are only acceptable via credit or debit card, except where an applicant can show that they have an impairment that makes using this payment method unreasonable.
Part 2 payments must be paid within 28 days of request for payment, otherwise the property will be considered unlicensed.
Licensing enables the council to inspect every private rented property included in the designation – in this case HMOs – and ensure that the management and conditions meet licensing standards and conditions. Time is given to the landlord to do any necessary work to bring the property up to licensing standard but if they do not comply, they could be prosecuted.