Changes to houses in multiple occupation
The Government has now decided to extend the scope of mandatory HMO licensing to bring smaller HMOs within the scheme. From the 1 October 2018 the following properties will require a mandatory HMO licence:
- with 5 or more occupants
- making up 2 or more households*
- where occupants share basic amenities such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities (this essentially removes the storey element)
- purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied in the above definition
There is no grace period for the new mandatory licensing requirements. Valid applications must be received before the 1 October 2018, and failure to apply for licenses by this date is a criminal offence.
For more information please visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20061/advice_for_landlords/1107/changes_to_house_in_multiple_occupation