Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill or Artificial state manipulation of free market rent?10:34 AM, 6th November 2020
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Kevin Humphrey has started a Change.org petition for Councils and government to review Council Tax rules for Houses of Multiple occupancy (HMO). Click here to sign the petition.
“Some local councils are starting to charge by the room for houses of multiple occupancy (HMO), so the bills for tenants are increasing by 20% plus.
“A formal review is required to create an HMO specific rule that is fair and not restrictive. As the current rule seems to be to grade each room as band A. Which is not representative when compared to a house at band A, the room space for a HMO is far less and has far less impact than a whole house.
“The cost impact on tenants is unfair and needs a review.
“The solution might consider banding the rooms size and charging in a proportional way.
“So if a typical band A house is say 750 sq feet, and if a HMO room, in this example is 150 sq feet, the fee is calculated as 1/5 the band A fee.
“This means the tenants get a fairer council charge for the space they occupy.
“A full review is required before all councils bring in Band A charges to HMO rooms and cause money worries to many people.
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