Continued crackdown on landlords looks set to include houses in multiple occupation

Tue 29 Mar 2016

Further changes to letting laws are likely to include rental accommodation for smaller properties with multiple occupancy making it more important than ever for landlords to have the support of a reputable agent. 

Currently mandatory HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) licensing is restricted to properties that are three or more storeys high, contain five or more people in two or more households and with shared facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. 

The Government proposals aim to amend the three-storey criteria for licensing - either by changing it to include two-storey, or extending licensing to all HMOs containing five or more people.

The Government is also considering introducing a new national minimum room size to licensed HMOs to ensure all tenants have habitable bedrooms. The current acceptable room size is 6.5 square metres or greater for a single room and 10.2 square metres or greater for a double. However, the new rules may still allow local councils to set their own higher room sizes.

Jason Smith, with our Mid Cornwall Lettings Team, said: “Last year was full of legislative changes affecting all private sector landlords and demonstrates that now, more than ever, working with a trusted letting agent is vital.

“Millerson Lettings represent hundreds of landlords across Cornwall and our independent, family run work ethos is a trusted benchmark in providing clear guidance and effective property management to landlords. We keep our finger on the pulse and look to deliver and interpret developments so our landlords stay ahead and within the law.”

For more information on how we can help market, let and securely manage your property across Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Redruth, Camborne and all areas in between, please contact the team on 01209 310970.