A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a rented property housing at least five people and at least two different households (or families), sharing at least one basic amenity (toilet, personal washing facility or cooking facility) between them. In October, new legislations regarding the licensing of HMOs will come into effect.
There are numerous changes, all of which can be found on the official document, but for most landlords these are the differences that will require the most attention.
Note that many of the old definitions still apply, so a building must still pass the tests detailed in section 254 and 257 of the original act in order to be classified as an HMO.
The penalties for a breach of the new license remain the same as before, an unlimited fine that depends on the offence. Note that if you already have a license issued before 01 October 2018, then you do not need to apply the new conditions until the existing license expires. Upon obtaining a license after 01 October 2018 you must comply with the new conditions of face the fine. Local housing authorities are also permitted to impose a fine of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution.
As specialist landlord solicitors, we know exactly how the new laws will affect you and your tenants, and are ready and waiting to guide you through the pitfalls of complying with them. For us law changes are nothing new, and dealing with them is simply part of the service we offer.
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