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Houses In Multiple Occupation – New Rules

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From 1 October 2018, the new Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s Rules mean…

…all landlords who let out property to five or more people from two or more separate households who share facilities, must obtain an HMO licence from their local housing authority.

This change brings into the HMO system many thousands of properties that were previously not caught by the rules.

The new rules also set out a minimum size for all bedrooms of 6.5 square metres and set a requirement for space to store rubbish outside of a home.

Penalties for failing to obtain an HMO licence are steep so landlords letting properties to multiple households are advised to check the rules and ensure they are complying.

If you need any advice contact our Specialist Team

Jennifer Laskey


Jennifer Laskey


Jennifer is a Solicitor and Partner with 21 years experience advising clients in relation to litigated Will disputes. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Jennifer is a full member of ACTAPs and has resolved multi-million pound disputes for clients in Courts across England.