Landlords who rent out a property to five or more tenants with shared facilities will require a licence from Monday 1 October 2018.

Currently landlords of properties where there is more than one household only require a licence if the building is three or more storeys. This is changing and from October 1 2018, all landlords will need a licence for each property they own if there are five or more people living there who are living in two or more separate households and are sharing facilities such as a bathroom or kitchen.

More information about the new requirements is available on the council’s website at  

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and wellbeing said:

“We have been contacting landlords and letting agents directly and trying to find multi-occupied properties where we believe a licence may be required.  There will be ones we don’t know about and we are asking tenants, landlords and residents to get in touch if they think they know a property which may now need a licence.

He added;

“The changes are intended to improve the overall standard and safety of letting. There are strict safety standards which landlords need to comply with to get a licence.  Our team is ready to help people understand what they need to do to meet the regulations and apply for a licence.”

The Private Sector Housing Team can be contacted by emailing or calling 01562 732190.