The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force from October 1 subject to Parliamentary approval - and without a grace period previously pledged.
The regulations bring purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block, into the scope of mandatory licensing; the existing rule where mandatory licensing applies to HMOs of at least three storeys and five occupants comprising of two or more family units appears to have been scrapped.
The RLA says that many of the changes are unnecessary and says they will put a huge strain on local authorities.
To rub salt into the wound, a hoped-for six month grace period will not be introduced meaning that landlords or agents acting on their behalf must apply for a license by October 1.
HMOs that are currently licensed under an Additional Licensing scheme will be automatically moved over to the mandatory scheme.
“We are waiting on the government making the regulations relating to minimum room size” explains the association.
You can see the details of the new regulations here.