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Licensing changes to tackle poor housing conditions

by mikebell on 3 August, 2018

Changes in national housing legislation designed to improve standards in privately rented properties come into effect in North Somerset later this year.

Houses in multiple occupation, known as HMOs, are properties where people from different households are living and sharing facilities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom.

Under current legislation only properties shared by five or more people, from two or more households, and that are at least three storeys high need to have an HMO licence.

However, from October 1 2018, HMO licensing rules in England are changing to include properties of any size such as two storey houses, bungalows and self-contained flats.

Landlords need to apply for an HMO licence and can do so online. Operating an HMO without a licence could face prosecution or a fine of up to £30,000.

Landlords can apply for an HMO licence online and find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/hmolicence.

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  1. Mrs) H.Habberfield Glenn says:

    Thank you for the info. re. the “Landlords License” coming into force October this year – as you advise.
    I can confirm that we (landlords) have received NO such information from either the Conservative Council nor the W.S.M. @ the Town Hall – one presumes that they will be the authority issuing the license ??

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