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Archive for the ‘HMOs’ Category
According to the Government's website, the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation — HMO for short — is, “if you let (or plan to let) to at least three tenants who form more than one household and who share (or will share) toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities”. Put simply, if you're renting a property out to three or more tenants who are not members of the same family, it is... Read more
A Cornish landlord, convicted of 13 separate offences against HMO legislation, has avoided a £62,500 fine because of her impending bankruptcy. The Newquay property is being repossessed, but its owner has still been found guilty of failing to provide various safety features in the property, including fire alarms, fire doors and emergency escape lighting. She also failed to supply certification... Read more
A landlord in Brighton has been fined £2000 plus costs of £750 after pleading guilty to failing to register an HMO. Brighton Magistrates Court found Warwick Armsby-Ward guilty of letting an unlicensed property to five tenants. HMO licenses cost £640 in Brighton and Hove and last up to five years. More than 800 landlords have signed up and licensed HMOs (a house in multiple occupation) in the... Read more
A Fulham landlord has been fined £20,000 for operating an unlicensed HMO. Rizwan Ahmed has already been ordered to repay £37,000 in housing benefit to Hammersmith & Fulham Council, as he failed to obtain the necessary license for the 9-bedroom property in Fulham Road. A report on the property said that its fire alarms and fire doors did not meet the necessary standards, and that the... Read more
The Housing Minister has announced that local authorities are to be given the power to decide whether Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will require planning permission. Currently, landlords have to apply for planning permission when turning any property into an HMO: the Minister has said that relaxing this requirement could cut 8,500 applications from the system. Grant Shapps said:... Read more
A Carmarthenshire landlord has been fined £2,000 for failing to comply with the terms of an improvement notice served on his HMO. After several complaints from tenants, council environmental health officers carried out a full inspection of the property under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System. They found numerous problems with the accommodation, including issues with fire safety, damp,... Read more
Most landlords will happily allow their tenants to have overnight guests now and again. But what if that guest stays on – a week, a month, or indefinitely? Is there any need to worry, and if so, what can be done about it? There is one compelling reason to try to regularise the situation and get both tenant and guest to sign a new contract which names them both. In a joint Assured Shorthold... Read more
Camden Council has prosecuted two companies and their director for running an unlicensed HMO property which posed a fire risk to tenants. The two companies and their director were fined a total of £32,400 for failing to license the Swiss Cottage property as an HMO as well as eight offences relating to fire precautions and three other management offences. The case is believed to be the first... Read more
On Monday, I returned to the subject of the Government’s new proposals to limit the numbers of HMOs in one area, and to change the definition to only allow three unrelated persons in a single property. Quite rightly there has been uproar from landlords who can see costly planning permission being required on already-owned properties, and from groups such as the National Landlords... Read more
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Government proposals to reduce the number of “unrelated” persons in a rented property before it legally becomes an HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) to just three, from six. Ministers have argued that a clamp-down is required because of a rise in complaints about litter, noise and anti-social behaviour, and the solution is to break up HMO... Read more
New government proposals could put many so-called “accidental landlords” into a difficult financial situation. In an attempt to address the impact of pockets of student accommodation that emerge in certain areas, the government has put forward their “proposals to redefine houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs)”. At present, an HMO is defined as a property occupied by six or more... Read more