10:50 AM, 23rd November 2015, About 7 years ago 10
I was looking at renting out property in Hounslow. One of the agents says a great deal of confusion has been created by Hounslow’s own licensing scheme which came into force in 2014.
The government defines large HMO’s as follows:
You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all of the following apply:
it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
it’s at least 3 storeys high
tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
Hounslow has decided to require all properties let to 4 or more people in any property of 2 or more stories let to 4 or more people in more than one household to obtain a license. This means two couples sharing a small house is an HMO. They charge £1069 for the license.
If you look into the fire regulations published on Hounslow’s own we site there is no special requirements for a 2 story house. (just all the requirements applying to any tenanted property)
So Hounslow will not be enforcing any special requirements for two story houses just picking up a £1069. What do people think?. Is it legal. They have the nerve to say they are short of rented property in Hounslow and want to encourage private landlords but surely this is certain way to keep private landlords out of the market?