Changes to legislation regarding houses in multiple occupation

Posted on: 4 April 2018

There have been changes to the regulations relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

From the 1 April 2018 landlords of HMOs will need to apply for a licence before the regulations come into force on 1 October 2018.

An HMO is a property that has shared kitchens and/or bathrooms or was converted before 1991. If there are 3 or more people in the property then it is likely to be an HMO and there are regulations that cover the management of these properties.

Certain types of HMO require a licence and from 1 April 2018. New regulations mean that any property from a bungalow to a flat will need a licence if there are 5 or more people sharing in the property.

To apply for a licence go to our online application form at https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/housing/private-sector-housing/private-landlords/houses-in-multiple-occupation/

For more information about licensing go to https://www.gov.uk/private-renting/houses-in-multiple-occupation

Landlords have 6 months to apply for a licence. If an HMO is found to be operating without a licence after the deadline of 1 October 2018 you can be prosecuted, fined and potentially have to pay back all the rent that has been collected. In addition, it is not possible to evict any tenants until a licence is in place.

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