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Welcome to the final instalment of "HMO Compliance Week" 2018.New legislation for HMOs comes into effect on the 1st October 2018 so we have been counting down to that.To give the all-important detail on this topic, Property Tribes has teamed up with HMO legal expert David Smith of Anthony Gold Solicitors to create a raft of video content to educate HMO landlords as to their legal responsibilities.Today David gives details of who should apply for the HMO licence, and when, and the video in the footer explains the consequences of not complying with HMO regulations and licensing in England:
Here is a reprise of the week's content:Monday - Launch of HMO Week - overview of changes/how to find informationTuesday - Minimum room sizes/understanding licensing feesWednesday - Mandatory licensing changesThursday - Understanding management regulations/Rent to Rent HMO issuesFriday - Who is responsible and when to apply for a licence/consequences of non-complianceThe week has been powered by our legal partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors, where David Smith is a partner and Property Tribes would like to thank David for being our presenter.We hope you have enjoyed this week and happy compliance!SEE ALSO - HMO Management Documents and ComplianceUP NEXT - Shout out to David Smith DON'T MISS - Consequences of HMO being run on BTL mortgage?NOW WATCH:
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
Thank you Vanessa and David for some very informative videos.
I'm not an HMO landlord but if I'm curious as to whether it is a licence requirement to have C4 planning consent in place or whether planning and licencing are independent of each other?
Thankyou Vanessa and Anthony Gold solicitors. I have a few HMO now and the information has been gold .I used the survey services of Residential Property Surveyors Association after watching your video with Alan Millstein. I must say it was brilliant. The survey was extremely thorough and highlighted things from a Landlord's perspective. Helped me knock down price of the property. Thankyou for all the great work.
A rogue agent and two lettings companies in north west London have been heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) at Brassey Road in West Hampstead.
Michel Zanon of Oaklands Road, Cricklewood and Galenon Ltd and Nathiam Ltd were fined £60,000 at Highbury Corner Magistrate’s Court.
Eight tenants were found living in overcrowded and dangerous conditions during an early morning raid of the property at Brassey Road in December 2017, attended by Camden Council, Police, London Fire Brigade and James Murray, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Residential Development at the Greater London Authority.Full/source article A buy to let investor that let at least eight people from six different families rent space in his three-storey property has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 in court.
North West Leicestershire council has successfully prosecuted David Sansom of Coalville after he turned a home into a House in Multiple Occupancy without being licensed.Full/source article
I find these reports shocking.
From the first report "heavily fined for operating a dangerous unlicensed house in multiple occupation" but then goes on to state "living in overcrowded and dangerous conditions".
From the second report "after he turned a home into a House in Multiple Occupancy without being licensed" but then goes on to state "not having a HMO licence, electrics not being maintained in a safe condition, a lack of adequate fire precautions, obstructions to escape routes, the only exit from the loft being a collapsible ladder and no fire or smoke alarms in the loft".
Neither report mentions HHSRS or breach of planning, as if they are no longer relevant.
Most shocking is that neither report mentions the legislation introduced this year for overcrowding and fines of up to £30k.
Luton landlord Mervyn Kupshik has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 to the Local council - and if he doesn’t do it in three months he could face a hefty prison term.
Kupshik, who operated five properties as houses in multiple occupation in Luton, was found to be in breach of house in multiple occupation regulations at each of those properties.
Not only that but he had failed to license them and the council claims he paid scant regard to fire regulations.Full/source article