Attention all landlords - the Extension of Mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing is coming............
At the end of February 2018, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that by 1st October 2018, landlords of most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) that house five or more people who are not a single household will need to have applied for an HMO licence.
A landlord who fails to apply for a licence by the 1st October 2018 will be committing a criminal offence.
The Council will soon be asking all landlords and letting agents to complete and return a short form to pre-register their details and the details of properties owned and managed by them which will require a licence to comply with the new requirements. The Council will be putting systems in place to enable formal applications to be made as soon as possible after the Government makes the final Orders necessary and publishes its official guidance. As part of the new measures, the Government are introducing National Minimum Room Sizes for rooms used for sleeping and mandatory HMO licence conditions relating to refuse storage and disposal.
The Government have decided to extend mandatory HMO licensing because of its concerns about the number of HMOs operated by landlords who rent out sub-standard, overcrowded and dangerous accommodation, exploit vulnerable tenants and in some cases defraud the public purse. Poorly managed and maintained HMOs have a significant impact not only on tenants, but can also affect local communities through excessive waste, excessive noise and anti-social behaviour.
More information about these very significant changes can be accessed by following the links in Useful links.