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New rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation


Changes in Government legislation will see the requirement to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) widened to include two storey properties. From Monday 1st October 2018, all privately rented properties which are occupied by five or more people who form two or more households will now require a licence. 11/09/18

Sedgemoor has several HMOs and it is expected that with the new Government regulations more properties are likely to be identified. Sedgemoor District Council is keen to work with landlords who own two storey properties to make the licensing process as easy as possible.

New regulations are also expected to be introduced that will bring in new mandatory conditions such as covering the minimum sizes of sleeping rooms, the maximum number of occupants permitted and the provision of refuse facilities.

A spokesman said, 'Generally we have a good relationship with landlords in the district. In recognition of the importance of the sector, we are keen to work with landlords to ensure that the condition of the rented properties is up to standard and build a thriving, robust private rented market.

Licensing of HMO's ensures that our Housing Standards Team are working with landlords of lower and higher risk properties. It also ensures that appropriate management arrangements have been made for the property.'

Landlords who believe that their property falls into the new licensing requirements are advised to contact the Housing Standards Team at Sedgemoor District Council by emailing privatesector.housing@sedgemoor.gov.uk or by calling 0300 303 7794 for advice.

An application form can be downloaded from our website at www.swpshp.org or you can request one on the above email and telephone number. Our website will also provide more information on the new licensing regime.

There are severe penalties for landlords who fail to licence with the Council including fines and possible prosecution.