We currently operate two licensing schemes for privately rented properties in Carmarthenshire – a mandatory licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMO), and a selective licensing scheme which is specific to the Tyisha Ward in Llanelli.
To become a licenced landlord you must pass a ‘fit and proper person’ test. Landlords with certain convictions will not be allowed to hold a licence and must nominate someone else who is fit and proper to manage the property for them.
Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
This applies to HMOs which are three or more storeys high and have five or more occupiers who do not form a single household. The number of storeys includes habitable basements and attics and also includes a commercial ground floor with an HMO above e.g. a ground floor shop with a two storey shared house above counts as three storeys. Mandatory licensing applies across the whole of Carmarthenshire.
Selective Licensing Scheme
Selective licensing does not specifically relate to HMOs. Schemes may be introduced in areas of low demand housing or areas with significant anti-social behaviour problems. Such problems, usually created by just a few landlords or tenants, can have a massive impact in an area and selective licensing is intended to help improve such areas. All privately rented properties within a selective licensing area have to be licensed, regardless of whether or not the property is an HMO.
We currently have one Selective Licensing Scheme in operation, in the Tyisha ward of Llanelli. It will last until July 2, 2019, and complements a Local Lettings Policy which is also in place for council housing in Tyisha.
To introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme, we must first consult local landlords, and then publicise information when a decision is made.
This table sets out the fees for licenses within a Selective Licensing Scheme area:
|Single Household Occupation (1 Building housing a family or individual)
|6 Flats or More
|11 or more
Some properties are exempt from licensing, including university accommodation.
We may also use our discretion to grant a temporary exemption notice. Temporary exemptions apply if you, as the landlord of a private rented property, are taking steps to change the situation so that the property will no longer need to be licensed.
If you are a licence holder within a Selective Licensing Scheme you have a responsibility to ensure your tenants are not causing problems within the boundary of your property through anti-social behaviour.
Anti-social behaviour can include loud music and parties or rubbish not put out properly for collection.
Whilst initially the first steps for dealing with such issues will rest with you, we, the police and other agencies will assist you to deal with anti-social behaviour.
Page updated on: 03/05/2016