New landlord licensing rules come into force in October

Doncaster Council has started implementing new licensing requirements for landlords or managing agents of properties in parts of Doncaster.

Landlords or managing agents of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), commonly known as bedsits, in parts of Balby, Hexthorpe, Hyde Park, Intake, Wheatley and Wheatley Hills with four or more occupiers now need to apply for a HMO licence.


The scheme launched on 1st October after being rubber stamped by the council’s cabinet in June following consultation with key stakeholders.


At present national requirements for HMO licensing cover larger properties of five or more occupiers. This means that smaller HMOs can be converted with very little guidance and direction from the council.


Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, said: “Our research shows that houses in multiple occupation are often linked to complaints about waste, noise, anti-social behaviour, unsafe housing conditions and overcrowding. We have also seen an increase in the number of small HMOs in recent years in certain areas so to combat these issues we are introducing a more comprehensive licensing scheme.


“The new scheme will give us better regulation over landlords and managing agents helping us to drive up standards, improve safety for tenants and reduce the negative impacts experienced by some of our communities.”


The licensing scheme will be operated in tandem with the Homesafe scheme, giving landlords the option to either apply directly to the council or to the approved co-regulator.


Landlords and managing agents are encouraged to go to:  for more information and to apply.


Planning controls (the removal of permitted development rights under Article 4) are also being introduced from 14th October 2019 to restrict the conversion of smaller HMOs without planning permission, in the areas covered by additional licensing. For further info, please visit:


These restrictions will mean that the council is better able to control the supply of HMO property in the central areas of Doncaster and ensure that there are enough larger family properties to meet demand.


  • Category: Housing
Last updated: 09 October 2018 11:47:42