Ashfield District Council is reminding landlords and tenants that the law has changed regarding Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – with wider ranging requirements and new penalties for landlords from 1 October 2018.
Under the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Order 2018, from 1 October, any HMO, irrespective of storey height, with five or more people from two or more households sharing facilities or not self-contained, will require a licence.
Landlords of this type of accommodation are required to apply for a licence before 1 October 2018, otherwise they could face penalties of up to £30,000 or unlimited fines and a criminal prosecution.
The new legislation will introduce minimum space standards for bedrooms of licensed HMOs. It will also require the licence holder to comply with local authority schemes for storage and disposal of household waste.
To apply for a licence and to find out more about the changes and how they could affect you click here.