"HMOs could be restricted in Portsmouth"
Councils are imposing arcane planning rules in an attempt to stop student landlords opening new shared houses.
Landlords in Portsmouth face a seemingly impossible rule – they cannot switch a family home to a shared house if the number of shared houses in any area is already 10% or more of the number of homes.
One student redevelopment has already been rejected because of the rule as the seven-person house would have meant 30% of houses on the street would be HMOs (Houses in multiple occupation).
The HMO planning strategy is part of a citywide development blueprint before the Communities and Local Government Department for approval. Although the CLG has yet to comment on the rule, the council can impose the guideline until it is approved or rejected. Continue reading HMO Planning Rules Confuse Student Landlords
Electrical wiring in a shared house was so dangerous the property was a firebomb waiting to go off, a court heard.
Faulty wiring was overheating and could have ignited at any time – but the house in multiple occupation (HMO) had fire safety precautions in place. Continue reading Shared house was firebomb waiting to explode
A HMO landlord has had his licence revoked
A shared house landlord has lost control of his property after a council banned him from holding a house in multiple occupation licence.
Ken Herring is not considered a ‘fit and proper’ person to run a house in multiple occupation (HMO) after an Oxford City Council inspection found the property housing six tenants in Marston Road, Oxford, was in a poor condition.
The council has already prosecuted Herring for poorly managing two other HMOs in the city. Continue reading Council takes over run down HMO property
Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has launched a short consultation period asking for views on planned change from landlords, organisations and individuals.
Thousands of singles could be looking for shared house accommodation as controversial proposals limiting housing benefit for young adults have taken a step forward with a Government announcement today. Continue reading Landlords can have say over housing benefit changes
Two Leeds landlords were fined for failing to comply with house in multiple occupation (HMO) regulations.
Brian Davison, of Horsforth, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,829, for failing to licence his property in Burley. Continue reading Landlords fined for breaching shared house rules