I have just received an email from an Oxford based tenant who may have fallen foul of HMO regulations.
I’m not sure how to answer his questions so I have posted his email below. Just in case you don’t know, selective licencing in Oxford renders a property with three or more unrelated tenants liable for HMO licensing. What is a tenant sublets though, who’s responsible then?
I would very much appreciate your feedback on this
Continue reading Has this Oxford tenant fallen foul of HMO legislation?
Further to my rant about HMO Licensing Fees on 16th October one of my readers decided to submit a Freedom of Information request to Oxford Council based on the questions I raised and has forwarded the response to me.
As you may be aware, Oxford were one of the first Councils to implement both Article 4 planning and Selective Licensing. They now require all landlords to pay a fee to licence each property they own which is let to three or more tenants.
The response to the Freedom of Information Request from Oxford Council makes very interesting reading and I’ve copied it below for you. The questions are written in this colour, the Councils answers are written in this colour and my analysis (or should I say continued rant) is written in this colour – not that I’m seeing red or anything !!! Continue reading HMO Licensing Fees – Oxford Council Humiliated
This article about HMO Licensing is very different to many of the other articles I’ve written as I’m looking for answers as opposed to giving them.
I can accept that the principles of HMO licensing is to provide safe homes and I’m all for that but that’s not what I’m really getting at by raising the questions I have in this article.
Can anybody tell me the following please, either for their local area or the UK as a whole? Continue reading HMO Licensing – what’s the point?
Richard Cubitt, a reader of Property118 has submitted the following summary of Private Rented Sector Licencing. In an email to the Editor or Property118 Richard said “All of this information is all in the public domain but I think that the wider implications are worth bringing to general attention. Thin edge of the wedge!! The application form is something else. 11 pages of detailed information.” Continue reading Private Rented Sector Licencing Debate
This week’s edition features a response from Crisis to the open letter to Grant Shapps from Farah Damji, plus how you can get free tickets to the Property Business Show an ExCeL where Mark Alexander will be one of the guest speakers. There’s also news of rising arrears, an update from the blanket HMO licensing scheme, a guide from ARLA about short-term tenancies and more.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 109
More than 2,000 Oxford landlords have had warning letters from the city council about repairs to carry out under the UK’s first blanket HMO licensing scheme.
The city has around 5,000 HMO properties and is at the vanguard of councils cracking down on HMOs.
Although councilors, residents and students back the scheme, landlords and letting agents have voiced issues over ‘petty repairs’ required by the council. Continue reading 2,000 student landlords warned over ‘poor’ standards
The latest round up of news features the reaction to the National Planning Policy Framework from around the buy to let industry, a strong open letter to Grant Shapps about the work and influence of Shelter and the penultimate edition of the LHA Expert. There’s also news of a landlord in trouble for a lack of licence, a tax update, AIIC question digital inventories and Rightmove and Savills unravel the future of buy to let.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 107
A landlord who told a court he misunderstood shared house rules was fined £1,000 for failing to licence his property and fit fire safety equipment.
Anton McLoughlin, 47, thought he did not need a house in multiple occupation licence because although six tenants lived there, he had divided the property into three separate flats. Continue reading Landlord fined £1,000 after HMO licensing mix-up
– News Sourced by Property118 News Team –
Buy to let landlord Abdul Hanif was jailed for allowing a tenant to live in a dangerous and dirty home that lacked hot water and heating.
Hanif was jailed for a day by Reading magistrates when he told the court he could not afford to pay the £665 fine.
The sentence will run alongside a four year sentence he is already serving for drug offences. Continue reading Jail for HMO landlord who couldn’t afford to pay fine
Plenty of letting hints and tips for landlords covering a variety of rental and tenancy issues along with guest articles from industry experts. Vanessa Warwick interviews Nigel Farage, MEP and leader of UKIP, Ally MacDermot looks at how to make a property stand out from the crowd and Roger Lancaster shares his thoughts on how a letting agent should provide a transparent service. Mark Alexander recommends a useful tool that can help rate how good another website really is in his Landlord’s Log.
Continue reading Property118 Landlord Newsletter – Issue 90