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What is a Temporary Exemption Notice?

Temporary Exemption Notices (TEN) are notices which temporarily exempt the dwelling from requiring a licence. These can be issued by the Council if they are satisfied that the person required to be the licence holder proposes to take steps necessary to ensure the property no longer requires a licence (e.g. falls out of the licensing criteria, tenants leaving, pending sale etc.)

 If considered appropriate, a TEN will be issued for a period of 3 months and in this time, it will be the duty of the proposed licence holder to ensure that the property no longer requires a licence. In exceptional circumstances, a second TEN may be served providing a further 3 months' exemption. A maximum of two TENs may be served in total and, following the expiry of these notices, should the HMO fall within the licensable criteria, it will need a licence. 

If you would like to apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice or for further information please contact Private Sector Housing, Room 134, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND or by telephoning 029 20 87 1762 or by e-mailing

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