Land­lords with five or more oc­cu­pants need li­cence

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LAND­LORDS may need to ap­ply for a li­cence fol­low­ing re­cent changes to leg­is­la­tion.

The changes ap­ply to any land­lord who lets a prop­erty with five or more oc­cu­pants liv­ing as two or more house­holds.

Land­lords must ap­ply to Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil for a li­cence by Oc­to­ber 1.

Pre­vi­ously this type of prop- erty only re­quired a li­cence – known as a House in Mul­ti­ple Oc­cu­pa­tion Li­cence (HMO) - if it con­sisted of three or more storeys.

How­ever, changes to manda­tory li­cens­ing from cen­tral gov­ern­ment mean that all prop­er­ties let in this way now need to be li­censed.

Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil charge for these li­cences, but the charge is tai­lored to the size of the HMO and the num­ber of oc­cu­pants liv­ing in them.

Fail­ure to ap­ply for a li­cence for an HMO could re­sult in prose­cu­tion or civil penal­ties with fines of up to £30,000.

Coun­cil­lor Mike Hall, leader and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Safety at the bor­ough coun­cil, said: “This new li­cense is good news for ten­ants liv­ing in HMOs.

“It gives ten­ants the se­cu­rity to know that the prop­erty they rent is be­ing man­aged prop­erly and meets cer­tain safety stan­dards.

“Li­cences will only be is­sued where the stan­dards are be­ing met.

“Land­lords who want to let prop­erty in this way will need to en­sure they meet the re­quired stan­dard and ap­ply for a li­cence in or­der to avoid a hefty fine.”

Visit the coun­cil web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

If you are in any doubt about whether these changes ap­ply to you, con­tact the Pri­vate Sec­tor Hous­ing team by call­ing Hinck­ley 255 734 or email­ing Pri­vateSec­torHous­ing@hinck­ley-bos­worth.gov.uk.

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