Changes to HMO Licensing Regime

On 1 October 2018 the Licensing Regime for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) will be amended for properties in England.

The current mandatory licensing applies where there are five or more people comprising two or more households in dwellings with three or more storeys.  In the future, licensing will be required regardless of the number of storeys.  Also, purpose-built blocks of flats will require mandatory licensing if comprised of no more than two flats where at least one is an HMO.  Further changes include the minimum size of rooms which are used as sleeping accommodation and the licence will provide for limits on the number of occupants of such rooms.  The licence will also require an arrangement between the Landlord and the Local Authority in relation to refuse collection.

If you are an existing Landlord using a Letting Agent our initial advice would be to discuss the changes with your Agent to make sure that you are properly licenced.  If you are thinking about buying a buy to let property we can advise you further.

Tim Townsend