Mandatory licensing of HMO's set to be extended
Wed 19 Oct 2016
Landlords should be aware that the Government is planning to extend mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation, removing the current three-storey rule. The Government is also proposing to set a minimum room size of 6.52 sq metres for one person and 10.23 sq metres for two people. This floor measurment must be 'useable' and exclude any parts of the room where the ceiling height is under 1.5 metres.
Other proposed measures include:
- Making licensing mandatory for all shared homes with 5 or more people from two or more households. This would apply to properties with only 2 floors
- Requiring landlords of shared properties to provide decent storage and disposal of rubbish
- Making the 'fit and proper' test for landlords more stringent
There would be a grace period of 6 months to allow landlords time to comply and Local Authorities time to process the extra licences.
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