Housing Update 1st October 2018

HMO Changes

The former 3 storeys element is being removed meaning that any HMO occupied by 5 or more individuals (not all related to one another) will require an HMO licence regardless of the amount of floors in the building.
On the 1st October 2018, significant changes are being made to which HMOs are licensable and amendments to minimum room sizes will apply. The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 will now replace the older 2006 version and apply the new changes to legislation.

Furthermore, draft minimum room size regulations have now been published. The following minimum room sizes in an HMO are likely to be applied in an HMO which requires a mandatory licence:
· A sleeping room for one adult must measure at least 6.51 square metres
· Two adults should be no smaller than 10.22 square metres
· Rooms for children up to 10 years old must have an area of 4.64 square metres or more.

If you have tenants of one household which are related, this would count as a family and not as individuals.

All landlords who own a House in Multiple Occupation must ensure they are complying with the new licensing legislation prior to October 1st.

If you require any further assistance with any of the above matters you can call us for independent legal advice on 01792 485111