Government forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for lengthy periods11:18 AM, 15th September 2020
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Am I required to register as an HMO?
I own two flats on the first and second floor of a building. My wife owns the ground floor flat and we live in that flat. The first floor flat is occupied by a couple with a single child, the 2nd floor flat is occupied by a single person.
Grateful for any advice on this subject.
An extension of the rules bringing a wider range of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) into the mandatory licensing regime came into effect on 1 October this year.
This licensing requirement applies to all properties that meet the following criteria:
is occupied by five or more persons
is occupied by persons living in two or more separate households
the standard test under section 254(2) of the Act
the self-contained flat test under section 254(3) of the Act but is not a purpose-built flat situated in a block comprising three or more self-contained flats, or
the converted building test under section 254(4) of the Act.
Properties that fall into scope of the new definition but are already licensed under a selective or additional scheme, will be passported over to the new scheme at no cost to the landlord.
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