Tag Archives: HMO Licensing

First Blanket HMO Licensing Scheme Starts in Oxford Buy to Let News, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Market News

The countdown has begun to the start of the UK’s first HMO blanket licensing scheme that starts in Oxford.

From January 30, every landlord letting a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in the Oxford City Council area must apply to licence the property.

The order covers small HMOs for three to five unrelated tenants as well as larger HMOs that already need compulsory licensing. Continue reading First Blanket HMO Licensing Scheme Starts in Oxford


HMO Confusion Could Costs Landlords Fines of £50,000 HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management

Planning and licensing rules for shared houses could be an expensive trap for landlords as some councils take on new powers.

Property investors can face fines of up to £50,000 for making mistakes – and the rules vary depending on where the letting property is located.

Three sets of rules apply to small houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), which are homes shared by between three and five tenants.

The problem is not all the rules apply nationwide – and in some cities, they only apply to certain streets or neighbourhoods. Continue reading HMO Confusion Could Costs Landlords Fines of £50,000


Licence First – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #6 Don't Shoot The Messenger, Guest Articles, Guest Columns, HMO's & Student Lets, Lettings & Management

When a tenant has a beef with their landlord, I’m the guy they go to. My job is to either negotiate or prosecute, depending on the circumstances. This occasional and random series aims to let landlords know the common complaints that are made about them, the laws that cover them and how to deal with it.

I think my landlord is running an unlicensed HMO

A growing concern for local authorities this one.

Government and Shelter are leaning on councils to take enforcement action against unlicensed HMOs. What is the definition of a Licensable HMO?

An HMO is simply a property where there are 3 or more people occupying on separate agreements. If they were all on one agreement it would be a house-share as a ‘Joint tenancy’, which is not the same thing. However, an HMO becomes eligible for a license when a landlord has 5 or more tenants on separate agreements and the property has 3 or more floors. Continue reading Licence First – Don’t Shoot the Messenger #6


Put Down Your Particulars – Don’t Shoot the Messenger! #3 Don't Shoot The Messenger, Guest Articles, Guest Columns, Lettings & Management

When a tenant has a beef with their landlord, I’m the guy they go to. My job is to either negotiate or prosecute, depending on the circumstances. This occasional and random series aims to let landlords know the common complaints that are made about them, the laws that cover them and how to deal with it.

I don’t know where my landlord lives

There are 4 laws that relate to a landlord’s address when running a letting. Continue reading Put Down Your Particulars – Don’t Shoot the Messenger! #3


HMO Landlords Warned to Put Their House in Order HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

HMO Licensing Fees

"Landlords are being urged to check their HMO licences again"

Councillors have warned HMO landlords to put their house in order or face prosecution.

The warning was triggered as magistrates in Bath fined two local landlords for breaching HMO licensing conditions.

Richard Seccombe was ordered to pay £700 plus £15 victims surcharge and £100 costs for flouting fire safety in a rental property in Wells Road, Bath.

Kwok Ling Li pleaded guilty to two charges relating to lack of heating and insulation and another involving poor electrical installations at a shared house in Moorland Road, Bath. Continue reading HMO Landlords Warned to Put Their House in Order


How Parents Can Avoid Student Digs Tax Traps HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

Property behind a HMO sign

Tips for letting to students

Buying a home for a son or daughter to live in while at university seems like a good plan for cash-strapped parents- but watch out for the tax traps.

HM Revenue and Customs is lying in wait for the unwary who fail to set up owning and renting the property in the most tax effective way. Continue reading How Parents Can Avoid Student Digs Tax Traps


Landlords launch legal challenges over HMO licensing HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

Old wooden Gavel Hundreds of landlords are mounting two legal challenges against council policies over planning and licensing for shared houses.

Landlords in Accrington, Lancashire and Margate, Kent, are preparing cases for judicial review in the High Court to force their local councils to rethink how they enforce house in multiple occupation (HMO) laws.

Continue reading Landlords launch legal challenges over HMO licensing


Revealed – the councils taking on extra HMO powers HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

Student landlords looking to expand their portfolios need to move quickly in many towns and cities to avoid new rules that require shared houses to apply for planning permission.

Currently, a house in multiple occupation (HMO) investor can start letting to tenants without any licences or permissions, providing the house is less than three floors and is home to no more than four separate singles or couples. Continue reading Revealed – the councils taking on extra HMO powers


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