The Licensing of HMOs (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018Make Text Bigger
Hi All, Just had this piece of new legislation pointed out to me by a client. Although I heard Sajid Javid’s sabre rattling around Christmas, I hadn’t heard much more on it since. The new piece of legislation, made 20/02/2018 and laid before parliament 23/02/2018 appears to be coming in to force 01/10/2018 and would also appear to have been rushed through (was anyone aware of a consultation on this?)
It appears to be removing the 3 floor limit from the original HMO regulations. However, appears a little lacking in detail.
There has been talk of minimum room sizes if licensing comes in as well as hard wired fire detection systems, minimum work surface sizes etc. Has anyone got any further details of this? Anticipated costs? Will it remove the need for local councils to invoke Selective Licensing and thus have a standardised set of rules country wide (not necessarily a bad thing!)
My portfolio and most of my clients are HMO Student Landlords, but non-licensable currently due to the 3 floor element, so this does have significant implications for my clients as well as myself. I have always used the local authority amenity standards and fire regulations as a guide on how to make a house in to a HMO, so hope to be ahead of the game, and have always recommended this to clients. However, have the local schemes that some LL’s have been subjected to had any strange ‘requests’ added in to them that they could share?
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