10:44 AM, 6th June 2022, About 2 months ago 13
HMO properties are under rules from the councils such that HMO owners must include bills. With gas and electric bills doubling and doubling again, this makes most HMOs lossmaking.
You’re only allowed to increase rents for inflation once in a year …. but the bills component is not part of the rent, or is it?
What is the legal position?
Would it not be a great idea if HMO licence fees and council tax payable for HMO properties were waived/not charged – if not, councils face the situation that tenants could just be given notice to leave.
HMOs will go empty and be sold causing even less housing for the bottom of the ladder, young tenants and students which the economy needs.
Any thoughts or guidance?