At its meeting on 17 June 2015, the council’s Housing & New Homes Committee approved the designation of a new additional licensing scheme for HMOs. The scheme has effect from 2 November 2015 and, like the Lewes Road wards scheme, it will cover smaller houses in multiple occupation consisting of two or more storeys with three or more occupiers from two or more households sharing facilities, but those located in the following wards:
• Brunswick & Adelaide
• Central Hove
• East Brighton
• Preston Park
As far as all licensing is concerned, attics and basements are included as storeys if they are used as part of the living accommodation. If the living accommodation is situated above or below one or more commercial storey, those storeys also count for licensing purposes. HMOs do not have to be whole buildings and, as well as whole buildings, any maisonette that meets the above criteria must be licensed.
The issue of an HMO licence does not grant any planning consent that might be required for the property to be used as a house in multiple occupation, For further guidance on this please see here
or contact the Development Control team on 01273 292222, 9.30am – 12 noon Monday to Friday.