Council approves licensing scheme for shared rental properties Kingston

Kingston Council has given the green light to renew the Additional Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing (AHMOL) for a further 5 years.

Renewing the scheme will improve housing standards across shared rental properties not covered under the mandatory licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). It also discourages under-occupation of large houses that can be used for affordable accommodation in the borough.

The AHMOL scheme provides a useful framework for responsible landlords. Across the borough, there are currently 224 HMO’s licensed under the council’s existing Additional Licensing Scheme. The average licence fee, which is linked to property size and paid by the landlord, is around £800 for the duration of the 5 year scheme.

The AHMOL scheme requires landlords to apply for a licence if their rented property is two-storeys and occupied by 5 or more unrelated people who share facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens. A licence is also required for any 3 storey house in multiple occupation regardless of the number of occupants.

Cllr Cathy Roberts, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing at Kingston Council, said:

“Kingston has a large student population and AHMOL helps to protect them, and other people living in shared accommodation, from unscrupulous landlords. To obtain a licence, landlords need to comply with stipulated safety standards, which safeguards against poor housing conditions, and stops overcrowding.”

Further information can be found on the council’s website. If you are concerned about a property in your neighbourhood contact the Kingston Council Residential Team on 020 8547 5000.