Last chance saloon for Landlords to license Houses in Multiple Occupation
Landlords and letting agents in North East Lincolnshire are on final orders to ensure they comply with recent government changes and apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license.
The changes, which were introduced from 1 October 2018, mean that all HMOs of five or more people now require a license from the council. Those that fail to do so will face a fine from Tuesday 1 January 2018.
The categories of HMO that require a license include:
- HMOs that meet the standard test where at least two households share a basic amenity or the living accommodation is lacking a basic amenity.
- HMOs that meet the self-contained flat test but are not purpose built flats situated in a block compromising of three or more self-contained flats. The flat must be occupied by five or more people forming more than one household and lacks a basic amenity or more than one household shares a basic amenity. This includes flats above and below commercial premises and flats in converted buildings.
- HMOs that meet the converted building test, a building that has been converted and in which one or more of the units of living accommodation is not a self-contained flat.
As well as the standard license conditions, landlords need to be aware of the additional conditions being introduced. These include:
- Mandatory national minimum sleeping room sizes
- Waste disposal provision requirements.
The license does not apply to converted blocks of flats, known as section 257 HMOs.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for Housing, said: “We’ve now issued several warnings to landlords to get their license applications in.
“This really is the last call. In the New Year we will begin carrying out routine checks, and any landlords found not to have a license will face action.
“A lot of people in our area live in HMO’s, and these licenses help us to monitor those properties and ensure they are safe to live in.”