Nottingham’s landlords have been warned to be careful when re-licensing their properties, after new minimum standards for room sizes for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) were released by Housing England.
The updated regulations – which affect all HMOs in England – will apply to all landlords seeking new licences, while those with existing properties will be given up to 18 months to make necessary changes when re-applying for an expiring licence.
Sam Spencer, associate at Bruton Knowles said: “These new regulations are great news for those living in HMOs, but have the potential to catch out landlords when it comes to re-licensing.
“Nottingham City Council will quite rightly be strict in imposing these regulations, with the ability to impose fines of up to £30,000 for those landlords who do not comply. As these new rules come into force, we may well see a reduction in the numbers of new HMO planning permissions being granted under Article 4 directions.”
With the regulations in place, HMO licences must now specify the maximum number of persons who may occupy any room, with the total number across the different rooms needing to equal the number of people the house is licensed for.
Sam added: “The updated licensing regulations will give councils long-overdue new powers to tackle the small minority of landlords who rent out overcrowded properties, ensuring that those who rent a room in a HMO have a decent and safe place to live.”