New Government powers to ban landlords and additional HMO regulations

New Government powers to ban landlords and additional HMO regulations

9:17 AM, 29th December 2017, About 4 years ago 44

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From April 2018 any landlord convicted for the criminal offences of blackmail, theft,  handling stolen goods, harassment and stalking will automatically be banned from letting out property and added to the new rogue landlords database.

In addition Housing Minister, Alok Sharma, has introduced new HMO regulations set to be passed by Parliament confirming all properties occupied by 5 or more people from 2 or more separate households will face mandatory licensing.

The new HMO regulations will include:

  • Minimum bedroom size requirements (to prevent overcrowding). Rooms used for sleeping by a single adult will have to be no smaller than 6.51sqm, and those occupied by two adults will have to measure at least 10.22sqm. Rooms slept in by children of 10 years and younger will have to be at least 4.64sqm in size.
  • Responsibility falling on landlords to ensure the council’s rules on refuse and recycling are adhered to.
  • Additional powers to be given to local authorities for cracking down on over-crowded and sub-standard homes.

The government has estimated this will bring 160,000 into the licensing regime.

Alok Sharma said: “Every tenant has a right to a safe, secure and decent home, but far too many are being exploited by unscrupulous landlords who profit from providing overcrowded, squalid and sometimes dangerous homes.

“Enough is enough, and so I’m putting these rogue landlords on notice. Shape up or ship out of the rental business. Through a raft of new powers we are giving councils the further tools they need to crack down these rogue landlords and kick them out of the business for good.”

The RLA policy on this was previously spelt out by David Smith saying: “Councils are already struggling to enforce licensing schemes and the extension will potentially triple the number of homes under mandatory licensing.

“What is the point in introducing extra regulations if there are no resources to enforce them?

“Tenants should not be forced into excessively small rooms, but there are cases where tenants have other space available within their properties, which should be taken into account. By concentrating so narrowly on bedroom size the Government could knock thousands of rooms out of the sector, potentially forcing tenants out of their homes.”


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by Mick Roberts

15:00 PM, 29th December 2017, About 4 years ago

And the Govt thinks there is a housing rental shortage now. Wait till the likes of us lot aren't as hungry to buy any more, & the likes of us lot sell loads 'cause we've had enough, & the newbies get stung by the new regs they're not aware of yet, plus all the S24, Universal Credit, Benefit caps etc., 2021 not gonna be a whole load of houses to rent I'd say.
It's not a crime to make a profit, it appears the Tories think that don't apply when it comes to Landlords, but if no profit, who's gonna' supply the houses?
I've got 500 people waiting for my houses, had some tenants been with me 20 years, I think I do a good job on repairs, full time maintenance man on the end of the phone for all of the tenants, & they now want to charge me £600 for licensing? Who's paying this? Oh dear, my long standing tenants who I haven't wanted to give rent increases, as try to look after them, it appears are now having to pay more rent.

by jonty

20:37 PM, 29th December 2017, About 4 years ago

I did not know that my email would be shared here but i do want to make my situation clear after my Sons left home to raise their own families i did not need a house and moved into a garden flat across the road to stay near good neighbours the nat west sold me the freehold.There was a lady living in the flat upstairs it is just a terraced house converted into 2 one bedroom flats. I did not see myself as a landlord i just wanted a small flat with a garden where i could live in peace and the leaseholder was fairly quiet. |I now have 6 incuraable diseases including a muscle weakening disease and Parkinson's so. After she extended her lease ( i was told i had to agree) i became an official landlord and she the tenant. After she moved abroad the management company behaved like swatters letting themselves into my house without any notice making adaptions to the flat against the lease, and let poeple without the same care and respect her website says. i Have had to put up with listening to rows, screaming violence between a couple and it took a year for the management company to evict them. Then i found a law from the landlords and tenant act 1987 which said im my small home i do not have to accept any managers. I told them that they can no longer manage anything in my house but they do not abide by this law or my lease and just gave builder etc come into my home that is what ir is a home not an investment or a council refuge.This is making my condition much worse as the stress affects everything. I need legal help to stop this both the tenant and management company I need a solicitor who will work with me i can do much od the casework

by terry sullivan

0:02 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 29/12/2017 - 15:00
start increasing your rents by inflation annually--i have

by Lisa Cairns

0:21 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Not exactly a proper reply, but by golly do I wish there were more decent landlords like you ladies and gents on here. My previous landlord was an absolute horror...people like that deserve to have the law come down on them..but no it isn't fair to tarnish good landlords/ladies with rules and regulations this excessive.

by Mick Roberts

7:46 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 30/12/2017 - 00:02
I've been increasing me rents for 20 years.
Although last few years I have stopped, as I've tried to look after some tenants who I know couldn't swallow the rent increase.

And even them who could afford it, I've left them alone. But last 6 months, I think I've done about 30 rent increases, that most I wun't have done without this S24 coming in & Licensing.

by Robert Mellors

10:23 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 30/12/2017 - 07:46
I'm not yet affected by selective licencing, (and my HMOs are 4 or less people so are not subject to Mandatory Licencing), but I am affected by s24 taxation, and by the increased cost of compliance with additional pieces of legislation. As a "not for profit" company, I charge my HMO tenants the projected actual cost of providing the accommodation, so with every new legal requirement causing additional costs, this cost has to be passed on to the tenants in the form of rent increases. For most "for profit" landlords the theory is that the extra financial burden will come out of profits, but the reality is the same, each additional cost on landlord will inevitably push up the rents being charged to the tenants. - Why is the Government (central and local) blind to this fact? or is choosing to ignore it?

In my HMO properties, there would be no way to "manage" the rubbish disposal and recycling activities of my tenants. I already provide the bins, I send out warning letters to tenants who fail to dispose of the rubbish ("forget" to put the bin out), I get any build up of rubbish cleared away (and re-charge the tenants the cost of this), and I ensure that my workmen clear away their rubbish when they carried outwork at the properties. How then can I possibly ensure that every tenant puts the correct item in the correct recycling bin/box? How can I possibly ensure that the recycling bin is not "contaminated" by non-recyclables or food waste etc? Can any of the politicians who are supporting this ludicrous proposed law please give me an answer?

by Lisa Cairns

11:16 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Oh Mick how I would have been deliriously to have you as a landlord! M6 landlord did an abysmal job of a so called townhouse conversion to flats, because of his inept attitide, we are having constant problems. On top of that of my landlord does what he normally does (increase the rent by £150 a year) we will be either broke, or homeless.... I hate to say it; but some landlords deserve harsh penalties. My previous has now turned 4 bed/2 reception house into a HMO..but hasn't treated thae damp or mould that quite literally covered the entire house, and had the audacity to very underhandedly keep £600 of our deposit! How is that fair? Therein lies the problem.... seperarating the good from the bad. Why not judge each ind9vidual landlord on HIS or HER own merits. Why the hell did the govt think that giv9g the rent to the tenant instead of the landlord was a good idea? Because it meant they dodnt have to employ so many people to sort it all put..again it comes down to saving money. Why not get the thumbscrews out while they are at it? I genuinely feel for landlords who are good at their job, providing tenants with decent homes, doing repairs as and when needed, and the tenant in teturn paying the rent on time and keeping the property clean and tidy. My partner said that the g9vt w9nt be happy until all the working classses walk. Into th3 sea..never to be seen really is a sad state of affairs. Why should renting have to be more expensive than buying?

by David Price

11:32 AM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Lisa Cairns at 30/12/2017 - 11:16
"Why should renting have to be more expensive than buying?"

Because you get more for your money. Owner occupiers have to do all their own maintenance, a tenant does not. Owner occupiers have to insure their property, a tenant does not.

by Mick Roberts

12:15 PM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 30/12/2017 - 10:23
Wow, that's shocking in't it Rob, u not for profit, but now the Govt & councils are forcing u to put rents up

Tories are proper thick when it comes to normal humans, aren't they.

They want UC to be paid direct to Landlords, so Landlord wun't know they on UC, so more Landlords would take UC.
Well it's had EXACTLY the opposite effect, Landlords don't want 'em at all now with direct payment to tenants. Der.... How come me & u know, but Mr Posh Tory Eaton top school Degree in Non common sense don't know this?

Yes, they want us to be there with them 24 hours a day. Is that our job? So more and more people become less responsible 'cause they know someone gonna' come round & do it for them.

by Mick Roberts

12:16 PM, 30th December 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Lisa Cairns at 30/12/2017 - 11:16
U can move to Nottingham & at least should be ok in one of mine. When I finally get one come up, as no one leaving me at moment 'cause of these changes.

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