Important changes to licensing of houses in multiple occupation

The Government have extended Mandatory HMO Licensing

On 1 April 2018, the Government announced it had extended the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme.

What are the changes?

From 1st October 2018 the legislation in relation to HMO mandatory licensing scheme will be changing and new regulations will replace the previous prescribed description of a HMO. Properties that meet all of the following criteria will now be subject to mandatory licensing:

  • HMOs occupied by five persons or more in two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys
  • Purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied as an HMO

To find out more about the legislation, see the government website (external link).

The Government has also introduced the following minimum room sizes:

6.51m2  - one person over 10 years

10.22m2 – two persons over 10 years

4.64m2 – one child under 10 years

Under the new regulations, no room under 4.64m2 can be used as a sleeping room.

What does it mean for Bassetlaw?

There will be an increased number of multi occupied properties that will require licensing in Bassetlaw. This means the properties could be improved if they are below par and do not meet the requirements in the legislation required for the mandatory scheme.

Who will it affect?

Landlords who operate HMO’s that currently do not require licensing under the mandatory scheme will be affected as they will have to ensure their properties meet the required standards.

Tenants may be affected as some properties may require works to meet the required standard.

What happens if they don’t get in touch? Are there sanctions?

Owners and operators of an unlicensed HMO meeting the criteria listed above (under the mandatory scheme) could face prosecution and an unlimited fine.

Last Updated on Friday, April 12, 2019