New HMO Regulations from 1st October 2018

From 1 October 2018, significant changes are being made to which HMOs are licensable and minimum room sizes in HMOs in England.

Changes to mandatory licensing

Currently, a property requires a mandatory licence if all of the following apply:

  • the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (occupied by individuals who are not all related to one another); and
  • the property is occupied by five or more individuals; and
  • the property has 3 storeys or more

In addition to mandatory licensing, a local authority can designate specified areas as being subject to additional licensing (where any HMO requires a licence regardless of occupiers and storeys) or selective licensing (where any rented property requires a licence).

From 1 October in England, mandatory licensing is changing and The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 will replace the 2006 order of the same name.

The 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.

The licence must be applied for before 1 October 2018 in order to lawfully continue renting out the property.

Minimum HMO Room Sizes

The minimum room sizes will be introduced by way of conditions in a mandatory or additional HMO licence and as such only apply to licensable HMOs. The minimum room size doesn’t apply to selective licensing.

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