RENTING A SHARED HOUSE?
The rules are changing for licensing shared houses and flats and if you live in one, or are the landlord of one, you need to be aware.
The change to the law is designed to make sure that “houses in multiple ocupation” (HMOs) are of a good standard and are save to live in. An HMO is a house or flat shared by people who are not all of the same family.
Previously and HMO licence was only required if the house is three or more storeys high. Now the government has said that from October 1, 2018 all HMOs shared by five or more people must have a licence. The rules are slightly different if the house is divided into self-contained flats, if a flat is in a purpose built block or if the landlord lives there.
Before granting and HMO licence, the council will send an Environmental Health Officer to check that the required standards (including fire safety measures) are in place.
Any landlord who rents out a licensable HMO after October 1 without a licence could face a large fine and a ban from renting property.
Landlords – to find out how to avoid a fine visit www.wandswoth.gov.uk/hmo
Article found at www.wandsworth.gov.uk