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May 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm #629
Calling those who sublet a flat or a room.
The latest enforcement notice about HMO's will be rather a bombshell to some.
It is going to result in a number of empty rooms and a number of homeless singles wandering the streets.
As someone who has shared a home or a flat for most of my life, it is quite a shock.
Starting in 1960 when I sublet a room in my house to help pay the mortgage.
However the bullet has to be bitten and will probably result in empty flats for a period and a (much) lower rent.
For those who are affected we might find it useful to meet over a pint and discuss how the effects could be mitigated.
Meetup at the Moby Dick at 6 pm on Saturday 18th May if you are interested.
May 6, 2019 at 9:12 am #1609
Maybe a useful starting point is the legislation:
May 7, 2019 at 4:02 pm #1610
Mm I've seen it. :-
May 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm #1611
I asked for some clarity from Southwark Council and was told the following:
The definition of an HMO is a property that is rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen.
This has always been the definition, however, when the requirement to licence HMOs came in with the Housing Act 2004, it was initially only concerned with licensing larger HMOs under the mandatory licensing scheme. This applied to houses where all of the following the following apply:
- it is rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
- some or all tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
- at least 1 tenant pays rent (or their employer pays it for them)
The Act however, also made provisions for two other types of property licensing: additional and selective. Additional licensing covers all HMOs that are not covered by the mandatory scheme and selective licensing applies to any rented property in a designated selective licensing zone. Not every local authority runs additional or selective licensing schemes. In Southwark, we have had both selective and additional licensing schemes since January 1st 2016.
In answer to you question, yes a couple with a single sharer would require an additional HMO licence; and this has been the case since 1st January 2016.
The terms ‘Mandatory’, ‘Additional’ and ‘Selective’ are prescribed by the Housing Act 2004, and we are unable to change them.
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