Do you own a property that is subject to HMO Cardiff licensing laws? Cardiff HMO Advice assist local landlords with HMO licence Cardiff applications.
The largest city, capital and chief commercial centre of Wales, Cardiff is the UK’s 11th largest city; county town of historic Glamorgan county and South Glamorgan (since 1974) and the seat of the Welsh National Assembly.
A major tourist centre ranked the 6th alternative tourist destination in the world by National Geographic, Cardiff is also Wales’ most popular destination for visitors, the base for Welsh Media & most national cultural institutions and host of many international sporting events.
Cardiff’s sporting venues include the Wales’ national stadium – the Principality Stadium – which is also home to the Welsh Rugby Union team and hosted 11 of the Olympic Games’ football matches in 2012; Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff City & Wales football team’s home); Sophia Gardens (Glamorgan County Cricket Club), Cardiff Arms Park (home of rugby union teams Cardiff RFC and Cardiff Blues), the International Sports Stadium (home of the city’s Amateur Athletics Club) and the Ice Arena Wales (ice hockey team Cardiff Devils’ home).
Owing to its excellent sporting venues, the city has hosted a diversity of major international sporting events, including, among many others, the:
Its role in major international sports earned the city the “European City of Sport” award in both 2009 and 2014.
The city’s long history (which began with the establishment of a Roman fort around 75 AD) is well reflected within the city’s many historic and modern landmarks, which include, among others, Cardiff Castle (which stands at the site of the original Roman fort in the city’s heart), numerous other castles, including Castle Coch and the remains of Bailey & Motte castles in Rhiwbina & Radyr; Castell Morgraig on the city’s border with Caerphilly, as well as:
Home to the Welsh National Opera and the BBC’s Welsh National Orchestra, Cardiff also has a thriving festival, performing arts and music scene with concert venues including the Motorpoint Arena, Millennium Centre and St David’s Hall, as well as, occasionally, the Principality Stadium and several other theatres and arts centres.
Festivals regularly hosted by Cardiff include, among others, the city’s “Big Weekend Festival”, “Sparks in the Park” and “The Great British Cheese Festival”, “Cardiff Winter Wonderland”, “Cardiff Mardi Gras”, “Made in Roath” and “Cardiff Festival”.
Renowned for its extensive parklands, which include Bute, Roath, Victoria and Thompsons’ Park, as well as Forest Farm Country Park and the Howardian Local Nature Reserve, the city is also a major UK retail destination with a diversity of modern and Victorian shopping centres, several markets and out-of-town retail parks.
Cardiff’s thriving economy is based predominantly on industries including business and finance services; tourism and hospitality; health, education and public administration; retail and, with the city being home to the Welsh Media and S4C, ITV Wales, BBC Wales and the BBC’s Roath Lock studios, independent TV production.
Major higher education institutions in Cardiff include South Wales University, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University, as well as the Royal Welsh Music & Drama College and Techniquest, a science discovery centre forming part of a collaboration between Wales Gene Park, NHS Wales, Cardiff University and the WDA (Welsh Development Agency).
Many of the professionals and students coming to work and study in Cardiff seek the cost-effective convenience of shared accommodation, a demand catered for by HMO landlords whose properties not only have to be licensed under national HMO licensing laws but are also subject to local regulations.
To begin with, landlords wishing to convert homes into houses for multiple occupation (HMOs) must obtain one of two different types of planning permission. Having done so, they must then (like all landlords of already existing HMOs) apply for a HMO licence, a complex process that is further complicated by Cardiff’s three additional licensing schemes.
Complying with all necessary rules and standards to successfully obtain both planning permissions and HMO licences in Cardiff can therefore be confusing at best and utterly frustrating at worst. Help is, however, at hand in the shape of HMO Advice.
HMO Advice Cardiff have combined their years of hands-on experience, extensive HMO licensing know-how and local knowledge to create an HMO Management & Licensing Package designed to assist local landlords in successfully applying for a Cardiff HMO licence. Give our expert advisors a call on 0330 1137 267 now to learn more.
A HMO is basically a ‘house in multiple occupation’. In other words, it is a complete house/flat that is let to 3 tenants or more who are:
*See HERE for more detailed information and a definition of what constitutes a household.
Whether a HMO licence is required for a property varies between councils and depends on whether your relevant local council operates an additional licensing scheme. Our HMO Guidance Service could be the perfect solution for you. Are you unsure if an HMO license is required? Learn more HERE.
Failure to obtain a HMO licence is a punishable offence and may result in prosecution with potentially serious penalties and sanctions. You can find more detailed information on the possible consequences of failing to obtain a licence HERE.
Obtaining a HMO Licence is a 4-step process involving:
Learn more HERE.