10/09/18: Breckland landlords need to prepare for new HMO legislation

Breckland Council is working with the district's landlords to ensure local rental properties remain safe and comply with changing government legislation. From October, landlords of any residential rental properties which have two or more households and a total of five people or more will need to apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) mandatory licence.

As part of the licence application Breckland Council will ensure the home is suitable for the number of people proposed and the landlord is a fit and proper person to run the property. The council will also that the bedrooms are a minimum size and the property complies with household waste and recycling procedures.

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Executive Member for Growth for Breckland Council commented: "In recent years there has been a growth in the multiple occupancy homes across the UK, including in Breckland, so it is important that we make sure they are correctly licensed and are appropriate for the number of tenants."

Previous legislation required only HMOs with 3 storeys to be registered but the new legislation will be extended to all residential rental properties of multiple occupation. The HMO licence costs £399 and will in most circumstances last for a period of 5 years.

Applications can be made to Breckland Council by the landlord or manager of the property. Landlords who fail to apply will be committing an offence, which on conviction may lead to an unlimited fine. More information is available to landlords atwww.breckland.gov.uk