Published: Monday, 1st October 2018
Broadland District Council is encouraging district landlords to apply for a new licence in order to ensure houses in the area are fit for purpose.
Changes to mandatory licensing for landlords who provide a house in multiple occupation (HMO) came into force on 1 October 2018.
Under the new legislation, landlords of any residential rental properties in the district which have two or more households, and a total of five people or more, will need to apply to Broadland District Council for an HMO mandatory licence.
The new approach replaces and expands on the previous HMO regulations by no longer limiting HMOs that are three or more storeys high and instead will also include buildings with one or two storeys.
The move, which is being rolled out nationally, means councils can take further action to crackdown on the small minority of landlords renting out sub-standard and overcrowded homes and help ensure they’re fit for purpose.
Within the scope of the new licensing powers, Broadland District Council will also ensure bedrooms are a minimum size and the property complies with household waste and recycling procedures.
Cllr Roger Foulger, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Wellbeing at Broadland District Council commented:
"We urge landlords across Broadland to be vigilant as the new HMO licensing comes into force. We have seen significant growth in multiple occupancy homes across the District, so it is important that we help to make sure they are correctly licensed.”
Landlords affected by the new regulations and with property located within Broadland District Council’s boundary, should click here for an application form and further guidance. Landlords who already have an HMO licence will not need to re-apply until their current licence has expired.
Previous licensing of HMOs
Mandatory licensing of HMOs came into force in 2006 and originally applied to properties of three storeys or more with five or more people making up two or more separate households living in them.