The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames introduced a borough-wide additional licensing scheme in 2012 and the council is now consulting on renewing the scheme when the current one ends on 20th December 2017.
Following the designation of the scheme in December 2012, the following properties became ‘licensable’ under additional licensing:
a) All HMOs occupied by five or more people living as two or more households, regardless of storey type
b) All HMOs that are three or more storeys in height (occupied by three or more unrelated individuals).
For the current scheme there is an application fee of £200 per letting, with a single letting described as any bedsit room or a bedroom in a shared house of flat (even if there is only one tenancy agreement for all tenants).
The council are now consulting on whether the scheme should be renewed for a further 5 years, and you can have your say on their online survey here.
The consultation closes on 15th September.