The Head of Health and Community Wellbeing presented the above report, previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval for the fees associated with administering and enforcing The Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Act NI 2016.
The Chair advised that Agenda items 8-12 would be presented together.
Councillor Duffy welcomed the report to the Committee and stated that although she felt that most landlords were excellent, it was advantageous to have these procedures in place to tighten up the process.
In response to a query from Councillor Duffy, the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing clarified that the need for retrospective Planning Permission would be determined on a case by case basis although both planning and building control approval should be achieved prior to an application being made.
Recommended That Members (i) note the update information regarding the fees for the Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing function; (ii) agree to set a fee of £37 per person per annum in respect of an application for a HMO licence; (iii) agree additional fees for an application to vary a licence, and those for supplying a certified copy from, or of, the register; (iv) note the information regarding the use of Fixed Penalty Notices as enforcement functions that are available to the Council under the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Act NI 2016; and (v) agree the value of any fixed penalty notices that may be issued as detailed in the report.