New legislation will come into force on Monday 1 October 2018 for landlords of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to help improve the standard and safety of rented accommodation.
The three-storey height criteria will be removed. This means any HMO that is occupied by five or more persons who form two or more separate households and who share basic amenities, will require a licence regardless of the number of storeys.
New licences will also include two additional conditions:
• All rooms must be at least 7.51 square metres and any rooms that do not meet the new minimum size standards cannot be let
• All waste and refuse must be managed and disposed of responsibly, in-line with the Council’s policies.
It will soon be a criminal offence to operate a licensable HMO without having made a valid application. Penalties include an unlimited fine and criminal record if convicted.
Broxbourne Borough Council is working with local landlords so they are aware of their legal obligation and the changes in legislation.
To apply for a licence, HMO landlords can visit the Gov.uk website.
If, after 1 October, residents think there are any HMOs in the Borough that may need to be licensed, they can make an anonymous report to the Council by calling the Helpline on 01992 785577 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .