Landlords are invited to have their say on Corby Borough Council’s revised Private Sector Housing Enforcement Policy that takes into consideration new regulations for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
New regulations are now in place to bring mandatory licensing to all HMOs where there are five or more people, forming two or more separate households living there, regardless of the number of storeys.
The changes prohibit landlords from letting rooms to a single adult where the usable floor space is less than 6.51sqm and 10.22sqm for a room occupied by two adults. It will be mandatory for an HMO licence to include a condition that states the maximum number of persons who may occupy each specific room in a property as sleeping accommodation.
Landlords now have to stop letting rooms that fall below the nationally prescribed standard. If they do not, then they will be in breach of licence condition and could be prosecuted by the local authority or alternatively receive a civil penalty under the new Housing and Planning Act 2016 provisions. Rooms below the prescribed standard that have previously been found suitable for occupation will no longer be capable of being let separately as sleeping accommodation by any person aged over 10.
For landlords that already have an HMO licence under the current definition, this will continue to be valid until the licence expiration date (usually 5 years from date of issue). After the expiration you will need to apply for a new licence as usual. If you currently let an HMO which didn’t previously require licensing but now does, then you will need to apply for a licence. Please do this by visiting http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/clau and clicking on Houses in Multiple Occupation Licences.
Corby Borough Council has recently revised its Enforcement Policy to account for the changes above and to introduce its civil penalties for housing related offences under legislation. It would like to take this opportunity to consult with all landlords and interested stakeholders regarding its proposed civil penalties matrix and the fines involved.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said:
‘Our draft Enforcement Policy takes into consideration the new regulations for HMOs and we would like to get feedback from our landlords and any interested stakeholders on what they think in regards to the proposed related penalties. We would urge Landlords to get involved in the consultation and have their say before the deadline on 28th December 2018.’
You can view the draft Enforcement Policy and related information at https://www.corby.gov.uk/home/environmental-services/private-sector-housing-information/houses-multiple-occupation-hmo
Anyone wishing to provide written comments and or ask questions can do so by emailing email@example.com, no later than 28th December 2018.