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HMO licensing scheme to extend to Plasnewydd and Gabalfa

Cardiff Council is asking residents of Plasnewydd and Gabalfa wards if the HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Licensing scheme should be extended to them. If extended, it would apply to many Cardiff student houses in the Roath and Heath areas close to Cathays (see electoral ward map).

HMO licensing is intended to improve the standard of housing in the area. All properties have to be identified, inspected and have consistent standards. Requirements include:

  • Landlords are “fit and proper persons”
  • Standards for kitchen and bathroom amenities and fire precautions are met
  • Adequate standards of tenancy relations management and property management

Councillor Judith Woodman, Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, says: “The Council had been concerned about the impact of HMOs and student housing in Cathays and introduced a licensing scheme which along with other initiatives has had a significant and positive impact in the area. Due to this success, we are now looking at the possibility of extending the scheme to the Plasnewydd and Gabalfa wards.”

“The Council is determined that all residents in the capital, particularly students coming to study in Cardiff, are safe and live in high quality accommodation providing value for money. Should the scheme go ahead, I would encourage all landlords, tenants and residents to help the Council make it as much a success in the Plasnewydd and Gabalfa Wards as it has been in Cathays.”

However, Douglas Haig, chair of Cardiff Landlords Forum, criticised the introduction of the HMO scheme and the additional bureaucracy involved. Responding to its introduction in 2010, he said:  “It’s very disappointing. It looks as though all the good landlords are going to have to stump up again, while the bad landlords will get off the hook. This is yet more bureaucracy that increases the barrier to entry to becoming a landlord and puts people off. It’s likely that many landlords will choose to raise rents based on these extra costs.”

For further information, or to give feedback to the Council, contact the Cardiff Council Private Sector Housing team on 029 2087 1762 or

As a top Cardiff letting agency, Capital Properties is committed to providing high quality student and professional accommodation in Cardiff. You can also read our guide to HMO licensing in Cathays  for Cardiff landlords.

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