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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Government proposes to extend HMO licensing

    Hi Vanessa, thanks for the update. Have you found a link to it anywhere because the original .gov.uk information link hasn't been updated in a while?

    Thanks.

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    Well surprise surprise, the Govt. has said they're going to do something and has not yet.

    I received an email from the NLA basically saying what has happened to all these Govt. reform plans? I like the reference to 'Theresa Maybe' - very apt!

    https://nlauk.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/t...FL,J9ZPU,1

    "Extending HMO Licensing

    Over 18 months ago the Government published a technical discussion paper on extending the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

    Then we waited patiently on the outcome of that “discussion paper” for almost a year, until the Government released a full consultation in October last year, in which they outlined plans to:

    • Remove the storey rule so all houses with 5 or more people from 2 or more households are in scope
    • Extend mandatory licensing to flats above and below business premises (regardless of storeys)
    • Set a minimum size of 6.52sq-m in line with existing overcrowding standard (Housing Act 1985) to close loophole created by upper-tier tribunal ruling

    The changes were originally proposed to come into force in 2017 (either April or October), and there would be a grace period of 6 months for landlords to apply for a license.

    Six months have now passed since that consultation ended and we haven’t heard a peep about it since."

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    From what I'm hearing, it seems less likely anything will happen in October 2017. Assuming the proposals aren't dropped completely, the next most likely date for implementation is April 2018. With a minority government and most focus being on Brexit, it's difficult to know what might happen.

    In the meantime, more and more councils are implementing additional and selective licensing schemes and I'm finding a lot of landlords still don't understand the HMO definition and don't realise they are already operating licensable HMOs. It has become a very complicated area of regulation with associationed compliance risks for many landlords.

    Regards

    Richard

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    Richard Tacagni MCIEH CEnvH

    Managing Director

    London Property Licensing

    Email: Richard@londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

    This information is intended as general advice and guidance. It is not legal advice and should not be taken or relied upon as such. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on the information published in this response. You may wish to obtain independent legal advice.