Under the provisions of STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS 2018 No. 221, “The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018”, 20th February 2018 and in force from 1st October 2018, the HMO mandatory licensing scheme will be extended.
These new regulations bring mandatory licensing to all multi-occupied properties where there are 5 or more occupants from 2 or more separate households (families) and where the building is either a converted building with living accommodation, or one which contains self-contained flats, but not a purpose-built block of flats.
The tree-storey rules no longer applies.
Basically it means that any landlord renting out a property will 5 or more occupants, unless they are one family, will need to apply to their local council for a mandatory HMO licence. There are heavy fines for anyone renting these types of premises without a licence.
The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) has recorded its irritation at the government’s apparent reneging on its previous pledge to allow a 6-month grace period once the regulation comes into effect, as the process will overload local authority resources.
The promised clarification on minimum room sizes has yet to be announced.
Details of the new regulations here