The RLA has received a letter from Exeter City Council confirming that from 23rd February 2015 an Additional HMO Licensing scheme will come into force for certain types of HMO property. Landlords in the area are urged to ensure they are prepared for these new obligations.
The decision relates to certain HMOs throughout the City. Two types of HMO in particular are being targeted:
- Flats or maisonettes either above commercial premises (shops, offices etc.) or in mixed use buildings, where the flats or maisonettes are let to three or more people, forming more than one household, who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet
- Buildings which have been converted entirely into self contained flats, where the conversion does not meet the standards set by the 1991 Building Regulations, and where less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied (properties converted into 2 flats or maisonettes will only require a licence if both flats or maisonettes are rented).
Exeter has announced the plans on the Additional HMO Licensing scheme webpage. The site holds information regarding the areas designated – the entire district – and with guidance for what properties and how to apply for licences.