Exemptions

Licensing exemptions

In some cases properties maybe exempt from the requirements of licensing under part 2 of the Housing Act. The following list gives those exemptions.

  • Buildings controlled or managed by a Local Housing Authority
  • Buildings controlled or managed by registered social landlords and housing providers
  • Buildings controlled or managed by police
  • Buildings controlled or managed by fire brigade
  • Buildings controlled or managed by Health Service Body
  • Buildings regulated by other enactments
  • Certain university/college accommodation occupied by students
  • Buildings occupied by religious communities (except section 257 HMO’s)
  • Any building occupied by two persons who form two households

If in doubt contact us, and we will supply you with an exemption certificate to complete.

Temporary exemptions

You may be eligible for a three month temporary exemption if:

  • the property is in the process of being sold
  • the owner has given the tenants notice and the property will be sold
  • the owner of the property is moving into the property
  • the property is in the process of being converted into a commercial premises
  • a licence holder has died the licence is terminated and a temporary exemption notice may be issued

If you think that your property may fall under one of the above criteria, you must make a temporary exemption application. Please be sure to include evidence, which will be reviewed at the council’s discretion and may be refused.

Apply for a temporary exemption

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