06 Jun 2019
Slough Borough Council approved the implementation of two discretionary licensing schemes for residential property in Slough.
Therefore from 1 July 2019 there will be three property licensing schemes in operation in Slough:
- Additional licensing for all HMOs (not covered by mandatory scheme, i.e. smaller HMOs)
- Selective licensing of all privately rented property covering most of Chalvey and Central Wards.
- These are in addition to the existing Mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) with 5 or more occupants
An HMO is any rented property which consists of three or more occupants, forming two or more households where there is some sharing of amenities or where the units of accommodation lack amenities, such as bathrooms, kitchens or toilets.
For the purposes of licensing, a household would include for example; a married couple (or equivalent relationship), parent and child or grandparent and child.
Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
From 1 October 2018, all HMOs with five or more tenants, forming more than one household, must have a council granted HMO licence, regardless of the height of the building. Prior to 1 October 2018 mandatory licensing only applied to HMOs of three or more storeys.
Additional licensing scheme for all HMOs
In exercise of its powers under Section 56 of the Housing Act 2004 Slough Borough Council has designated the whole of the borough for additional licensing. Under this scheme all HMOs, irrespective of the number of occupants or size of the property, require a licence.
The additional licensing scheme also covers certain buildings comprising of ‘self-contained flats’ that have not been converted in accordance with the 1991 Building Regulations. These are known as ‘257 HMOs’.
A copy of the designation notice and associated map can be found on the public notices webpage.
A selective licensing scheme
In exercise of its powers under section 80 of the Housing Act 2004, Slough Borough Council has designated a large proportion of Chalvey and Central Wards for selective licensing.
All privately rented properties in the designated area will require a licence. A copy of the designation notice and map of the designated area can be found on the public notices webpage.
Licensed properties standards
All licensed HMOs will need to meet the standards set out in the document below. Licence holders will need to provide evidence that their property meets these standards and ensure the property is maintained in good and safe repair throughout the period of the licence.
If a licence holder fails to comply with any condition of a licence they could be subject to a fine of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine upon conviction.