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Welcome to day 4 of "HMO Compliance Week" 2018.New legislation for HMOs comes into effect on the 1st October 2018 so we are 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 a comprehensive understanding of management regulations, and what all landlords in England, including those who run non-licensable HMOs, have to be doing to ensure they do not open themselves up to fines and penalties:
At the bottom of the thread, you can find a short video with David's views on Rent to Rent HMOs.Here is how the week is shaping up: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 is being 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.Please join us all this week for expert insight into being a compliant HMO landlord!SEE ALSO - HMO Management Documents and ComplianceUP NEXT - What is a Mini-Mo? 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**
One big issue I have. If I already placed 5 tenants on a new annual contract before these rules came in place, before even hearing about them back in July, do I have to evict one of them immediately making them homeless or is there some flexibility on this?
No there is no flexibility. You need to apply for a licence or ask a tenant to leave. You will probably not be able to evict them. You may be able to ask the local authority for a Temporary Exemption Notice but as the information about the changes has been available for several months I doubt they will agree to do so.
Got my HMO licence with no problem, even after explaining I already have 5 tenants so you were wrong to cast doubt on temporary exemption notices. Manchester City Council were cool with it and pretty understanding.
I'm applying for a licence but just worried they'll fine me anyway because I had an extra tenant in there, I only found out about this 2 months ago.
A perfect example of a Rent to Rent situation gone wrong, reproduced with kind permission of John Kidman.Telford letting firm admits 24 charges over defects at homes