Advice for tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance to landlords and tenants to help them understand the implications of new laws to protect tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.

It means, until 30 September, most landlords will not be able to start possession proceedings unless tenants have been given at least three months' notice.

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:

All HMO's:

  • with five or more occupants, making up two or more households and
  • where occupants share basic amenities such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities (this essentially removes the storey element) or
  • 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.

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