Borough Council of Wellingborough

Councils to crack down on unlicensed HMO properties

Published Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Changes to mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing regulations came into effect on 1 October 2018, affecting how landlords let their properties.

Over the last twelve months councils in North Northamptonshire have been working collaboratively to unify HMO licensing standards and processes to work with landlords and make sure that they comply with these changes.

Private Sector Housing Officers are targeting landlords and managers that fail to licence their properties inline with the legislation. Anyone found not to be adhering to this will be facing prosecution or a fine of up to £30,000.

The new legislation requires any HMO property that has five of more occupants, which make up two or more households, must now be licensed by their local authority.

A household is classed as an immediate family (parents and children), partners (married, civil partnership or co-habiting), or individuals.

Leader of Borough Council of Wellingborough, Martin Griffiths, said: “We have been working with our neighbouring authorities over the last year to support landlords with the changes to legislation. We will now be taking action to prosecute anyone who is not complying with these changes. The legislation is there to protect our residents and make sure that they are living in safe and clean homes, and it is the responsibility of all landlords to meet the legal requirements.

“I would urge anyone who would like to find out more about HMO regulations to contact our experienced private sector housing team and ensure that they have the correct licence, and avoid a considerable fine.”

For more information, contact the Borough Council of Wellingborough’s Private Sector Housing team on 01933 229777 then option 3, option 1, or visit: www.wellingborough.gov.uk