On Monday 1st October, new rules were introduced in England which extended the range of properties that are subject to mandatory HMO licensing.
Now, almost all properties that are occupied by five or more persons, and by persons living in two or more separate households are required to have a HMO licence.
In preparation for these changes, the RLA wrote to over two hundred local authorities to ensure they were prepared. In the run up to the changes, it also became apparent that some councils were unprepared.You can read more about this here.
You can read the responses from some of the local authorities below. We will be updating the list with responses from Councils.
Darlington Borough Council:
How has the Council been preparing? “Landlords will receive the best possible service that we are able to deliver” Read the response from Darlington Borough Council here, and apply for a licence via the Council’s website here.
How has the Council been preparing? Mendip Council has been holding a series of landlord forums, and has been issuing press releases and posting on social media ahead of the changes. You can read the response from the council here, and see the HMO pages on the Councils website here.See the response from Mendip Council here
Waltham Forest Council
Isle of White Council response
Preston Council response
St Helens Council response
West Oxfordshire District Council
Bromsgrove and Redditch Council
Epping Forest District Council response
Stafford Borough Council
West Berkshire Council