The provision of good quality housing for Coventry residents is a key priority for the City Council. Privately rented property is a key part of this provision and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) can be a major concern in Coventry with around 6,800 HMOs or 26% of the total Private Rented Sector (PRS) stock being this type of accommodation.

It is recognised that there are many good quality landlords operating in the city, but unfortunately there are also those who do not maintain their properties leaving tenants at risk and giving potential problems to neighbouring properties.

Under the Housing Act 2004 Government have legislated to provide local authorities with powers to tackle poor quality HMOs in the PRS through Mandatory Licensing, however this only relates to those HMOs that have 5 or more occupants from two or more households.

Although planning policy has been developed to create and sustain as appropriate ‘mixed and balanced communities’, by encouraging the spread of sustainable and viable options for accommodation, the city does have large areas where HMOs within the PRS are substantial in number.

HMOs with 3 or 4 occupants from 2 or more households form an unusually high percentage of houses in the city (approx. 63%) and provide much needed accommodation for residents, particularly students who would typically live in this type of accommodation following their first year at university. The designation of a Citywide Additional Licensing scheme would therefore enable the Council to regulate all HMOs.

Coventry City Council has developed proposals for Additional Licensing of HMOs across the whole of the city. These can be found here

Before making a final decision, Coventry City Council wants to hear your views, whether you are a private tenant or landlord, a resident of Coventry or a business or have any connection with the city.

Comments are very welcome by taking part in the following questionnaire. 

The deadline for the survey is 20th March 2019

The contact for this survey is:

Adrian Chowns
Property Licensing Manager
Place Directorate
Regulatory Services
One Friargate
Tel: 024 7683 3212
Mobile: 07767 755909

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