Landlords alerted with new law on horizon
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 1st August 2018 12:39|
“The vast majority of private landlords in South
Northamptonshire do a great job for their tenants. However we
are aware that tenants living in HMOs can be vulnerable to the
minority of landlords who are not meeting basic standards.
Private landlords are being alerted to a forthcoming change to the legislation covering houses in multiple-occupation (HMOs).
Currently, HMOs need a licence if they have five or more occupants and are three or more storeys high. However, under legislation coming into effect on 1 October 2018, the number of storeys will cease to be relevant, meaning that a licence will be needed for all HMOs with five or more occupants.
South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is urging HMO landlords to check if they need a licence and apply at their earliest opportunity, to ensure they are covered by October. The council estimates around 165 additional properties will need to be licensed in the coming weeks.
Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC's portfolio holder for Wellbeing, said: “The vast majority of private landlords in South Northamptonshire do a great job for their tenants. However we are aware that tenants living in HMOs can be vulnerable to the minority of landlords who are not meeting basic standards.
“Our licensing system means we are able to regulate the service landlords offer tenants, so this change is good news for them. Ultimately, it is also good news for the landlords as a better regulated industry is one people can have greater trust in.
“We are now working to make sure affected landlords apply as soon as possible to avoid being subject to enforcement action from the council.”
The new HMO licences will include clarification on the minimum size of rooms to be used for sleeping accommodation and add requirements relating to waste disposal and recycling.
For more information and to apply for a licence, landlords should follow this link: https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/HMOs.