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New HMO Legislation in Worcester

Are you the landlord of a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)?  In March, 2015 Worcester City Council designated the city in its entirety to be subject to Additional Licencing that comes into effect on 1st September 2015….

Before 1 September 2015, only HMOs which have three or more storeys (storeys can include basements and loft conversions but not normally cellars or attics unless they are converted into living accommodation) and are occupied by five or more people, that form two or more households, need a licence (this excludes self-contained flats).

In Worcester, however, the Council have implemented an Additional Licensing scheme, which requires all privately rented HMOs located across the City, to be licensed.

Landlords and managing agents who own or manage an HMO located within the designated area have a legal obligation to hold a licence and ensure they comply with the conditions. Those not meeting the basic requirements may need to make improvements to the property to bring them up to standard. Landlords failing to do so may incur penalties and could be prosecuted.

 

What is an HMO?

Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
  • you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants

 

Your property is a large HMO if all of the following apply:

  • it’s at least 3 storeys high
  • at least 5 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
  • you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants

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For further information on why Additional Licensing for both Tenants and Landlords please click here (http://www.worcester.gov.uk/additional-licensing-of-hmos)

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