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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Would you grass up a rogue landlord?

    I completely agree that the HMO you have uncovered needs to be reported to the Local Authority, especially as it is above a Fish & Chip shop.  This increases the risk to life even more and I think you should do the right thing here.

    The fact that you are discussing it here, shows that you care, I urge you to either talk to the owner or the LA.

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    If a Tenant dies or is injured in a fire or their life damaged by some other HFFHH failing, and you had seen their risk in advance and done nothing, how would you feel?

    If a court of law or anyone knew that you had the expertise, and had spotted the risk but did nothing, what do you think they/we would say or think of you?

    If you and we have paid a whole host of works and fees and of course already gained knowledge to meet the requisite standards, and a rogue LL comes along and steals your unwitting Tenant at an undercut rent because he does not have the costs of proper standards in his 'business', then should we allow him to operate?

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    I inspected another investment property this week with a view to buying.

    Another fast food restaurant with what again looked like an illegal HMO

    The fast food company is a house hold name

    I have asked several commercial agents do they  ever shop (excuse the pun) the owner and almost with out exception the answer is NO its not in our interest

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    Definitely. My brother moved into my area and I was disgusted at his accomodation. No cooker no fridge (just a cool box) and live wires poking out of the electrical sockets for his under 3s to play with. I reported him to the council who remedied the issues and billed him. He couldn't be contacted as he was visiting family in Pakistan for two months.

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    I take it your brothers accommodation is above commercial premises.  Commercial tenants with an element of residential (or just plain storage areas) within their lease seem to think the norms of an AST and all the regulations do not apply to them.unfortunately.

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    No a pleasant 3 bed bungalow in the leafy suburbs of Woking. New kitchen and light refurb supposed to be done before he moved in . Nothing was done but evidently Mr R is very well known to the local authorities.

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    A while ago I became aware of a 3 bed bungalow turned into an 8 bed hmo rented to overseas nurses. I didnt shop them though really tempted. thankfully someone else did & they've now planning application in for 5 bed hmo. However, our council is bringing is more stringent rules for hmos (already 3+ people needs registration). We now will additionally need planning permission & fire risk assessment (on top of fire escape windows in all bedrms, fire alarm system, electrical & gas certs, appropriate door locks, room sizes etc). There is an increased registration fee which will be £125 per person to cover this additional bureaucracy. I'm now going to be actively seeking out non-registered landlords as why should I pay all extra costs/taxes etc & they dont?

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