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Are you a landlord with a house in multiple occupation?

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

There are just days to go before new rules are introduced extending the range of properties in England that are subject to mandatory HMO licensing.

As of Monday 1st October, almost all properties that are occupied by five or more persons, and by persons living in two or more separate households will be required to have a HMO licence.

In preparation for the changes to mandatory licensing, the RLA has been writing to local authorities about the changes. Despite this, some members have been getting in touch with us to say that their council does not have a new mandatory licensing application process in place ahead of the changes.

This is a matter that the RLA has raised with Anne Frost, the Deputy Director of the Private Rented Sector at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

What to do if your council has not update its application process or mandatory licensing information.

Our advice to landlords who have encountered this issue would be to apply for a licence using the existing process, even if the council has not updated its forms. Complete the old forms as best as you can.

What to do if your property comes under the new definition but is already licensed under a selective or additional scheme

Properties that come under the new definition, but are already licensed under a selective or additional scheme, will automatically be transferred to the new scheme, at no cost to the landlord. There’s no need to apply for a new licence until the existing licence expires and the new mandatory conditions will not apply until the licence needs renewing.

If you are in doubt…

The RLA has produced a Mandatory HMO Licensing guide on the changes after October 2018, which can be read on our website here.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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