Release Date: 10 May 2018
Landlords and tenants in a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) should be aware of the impact changes in government policy will have on HMO licences in the borough.
From 1 October 2018, all HMOs with five or more people living in them must have a council granted HMO licence. Currently, a HMO licence has only been required if the house is three or more storeys high.
Landlords wishing to be granted an HMO licence will need to demonstrate to an Environmental Health Officer that the property meets all the required safety standards. The law change is designed to make sure that rented shared houses and flats are of a good standard and are safe to live in.
Houda al Sharifi, Director of Public Health in Richmond, said:
“We are making it very clear that there is no lead in period for this law and any landlord who rents out a licensable HMO after 1 October without a licence will be committing an offence.
“Landlords are being given plenty of time to comply with the law, don’t leave it to the last minute. If you knowingly avoid obtaining a licence the council can ban you from renting out property.”
The council wants landlords and tenants in HMOs to contact us now if they have a licensable home by completing the form on our website. Those without access to a computer can contact the Residential Environmental Health Team on 020 8487 5123.
If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.
Updated: 1 August 2018