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Government announces HMO and residential property licensing reforms

Article by Giles Inman on Oct 18, 2016 View in browser

Government announces HMO and residential property licensing reforms

These measures will help to clamp down on rogue landlords cramming tenants into unsafe and overcrowded homes, improving housing for thousands, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell announced today.

Following extensive discussions with a range of interests across the sector, including landlord associations, housing charities, local authorities as well as individual landlords and tenants the Government has announced today it is embarking on a consultation to implement secondary legislation to:

•   Extend the scope of mandatory licensing of HMOs; and

•   Introduce mandatory national minimum sizes for bedrooms in licensable HMOs. (The size being suggested is 6.52 sq-m for single occupancy)

•   Remove the storey rule so all houses with 5 or more people will be subject to mandatory licensing

•   Extend mandatory licensing to flats above and below business premises

•   Require landlords of shared homes to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish;

•   Tighten up the fit and proper person test for landlords and ensure criminal record checks are carried out to weed out rogues.

 These measures will help to clamp down on rogue landlords cramming tenants into unsafe and overcrowded homes, improving housing for thousands, Housing Minister Gavin Barwell announced today. He added these measures will enable councils to tackle problem homes head-on and bring an end to ruthless landlords who exploit tenants and charge them extortionate rents to live in poor conditions.

  Click HERE to review the consultation paper

 All responses to the paper should be submitted no later than 13th December 2016 by using the online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/licensingHMOs

 To review the Government response document “Extending mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation please click HERE

“This will surely be a hot topic during the next couple of days at the Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Landlord Expos. Why not come along and find out how landlords are responding to this news.”

www.eastmidlandslandlordexpo.co.uk