I have just received an email from an Oxford based tenant who may have fallen foul of HMO regulations.
I’m not sure how to answer his questions so I have posted his email below. Just in case you don’t know, selective licencing in Oxford renders a property with three or more unrelated tenants liable for HMO licensing. What is a tenant sublets though, who’s responsible then?
I would very much appreciate your feedback on this
I have a problem I hope you may be able to help me with.
I rent a house in Oxford from a private landlord, I have been here for 5 years, my name is on the tenancy agreement, I have had other people living here, that landlord knows this but if pushed would say he doesn’t.
I have been contacted by the local Council HMO team who want to inspect the property.
My question/dilemma is this,
The people who live here with me are always from overseas, and only stay a maximum of six months, sometimes on a Monday-Thursday/Friday basis, this not their main residence and I have documents from their schools and colleges that confirm this, am I correct in assuming that because of this HMO rules do not apply.
The 2 floors of the house have fire extinguishers, the stairs have a smoke alarm with emergency light, all other rooms with the exception of the bathroom have wireless connected smoke alarms, and there is a carbon monoxide monitor next to the boiler.
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