Deadline for landlords facing unlimited fines
Landlords must comply with new government rules on large properties in two weeks or face unlimited fines. The rules apply to landlords who let out “houses in multiple occupation” (HMOs). These are homes in which at least two households share facilities, such as a kitchen or bathroom.
The new regime expands the definition of an HMO. Currently, an HMO must be at least three stories high and contain five or more people in at least two households. From Oct 1 the height restriction will be dropped.
However, purpose-built blocks of flats with three or more households will be exempt from the new rules.
The Residential Landlords Association said the change would result in 177,000 more landlords needing an HMO licence. Affected landlords must apply to their local authority for a licence by Oct 1 or face unlimited fines and possible criminal prosecution.
Councils will also be able to deem anything an HMO if they wish. They can also charge for a licence and require it be renewed every few years. The rules are designed to stop
Many property investors are unprepared