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Easter waste collections and opening hours
In the week beginning, 22 April, all collections will be a day later with collections usually due on Friday 26 April being carried out on Saturday 27 April. Collections return to normal in the following week. Find out more.
Elections - May 2019
Find out more about the local elections on 2 May 2019, including how to register to vote, how to apply for a postal or proxy vote and who is standing for election. You can also see a full breakdown of the results in 2015. You can also find out about the European Parliament elections on 23 May 2019.
Information for Landlords
This page includes important information for landlords in Allerdale:
Housing of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
What is a HMO?
A HMO is a building or part of a building:
- In which three or more unrelated people share an amenity (or the building lacks an amenity) such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities; or
- Which is a converted building that does not entirely comprise self contained flats (whether or not there is also sharing or a lack of amenities); or
- Which is comprised entirely of converted self contained flats and where the standard of conversion does not meet the minimum that is required by the 1991 building regulations, and more than one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies (Section 257 HMOs).
Which properties need a HMO license?
From 1 October 2018, a property will require a license if:
- It is let to five or more people, forming two or more households
- Has any number of storeys
- Tenants share at least one facility such as a bathroom or a kitchen or the accommodation lacks one of these amenities.
Prior to 1 October 2018, only properties which met the above criteria and had three or more storeys required a license. HMOs that have already been granted a license under the existing legislation do not need to reapply for a license until their current one expires.
Landlords who operate a licensable HMO without a license are committing an offence and may be prosecuted.
Applying for a HMO License
If you think that you have a property that needs to be licensed, please download and complete the application form below:
- The appropriate license fee
- A floor plan of the property indicating room sizes, location of the bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities plus the position of smoke alarms, emergency lighting units and fire doors
- A current gas safety certificate (if the property has a gas supply)
- A valid electrical test certificate
- A portable appliance test certificate for any electrical equipment you supply as part of the tenancy
- A declaration that all upholstered furniture supplied complies with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety Regulations) 1988.
For 2018/19 the standard licence fee has been set at £400.82 with an additional £30.40 for each letting room over five. A licence is normally valid for five years.
Energy performance in properties
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations apply to all privately rented properties in England and Wales which are legally required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and which are let on a relevant tenancy type (please see the published guidance documents for the definition of relevant tenancy).
The PRS Exemptions Register is for properties which are legally required to have an EPC, and which are let on a relevant tenancy type, but which cannot be improved to meet the minimum standard of EPC band E for one of the reasons set out on the Government website.
Where an exemption applies, the exemption must be registered by the landlord (or an agent for the landlord) before it can be relied on; this registration is made on a self-certification basis and an exemption will apply from the point at which it is registered.
Where an EPC F or G rated privately rented property is not covered by the Regulations, for example a property which is not legally required to have an EPC, or one not let on a relevant tenancy type, an exemption will not be required. In addition, properties which are covered by the Regulations and which have been improved to a minimum of EPC E will not need to be registered on the Register.
Other information for landlords
Additional information for landlords can be found on the Government website using the link below: