Get ready for housing rule change, Swaffham landlords told
Landlords in the Swaffham area are being urged to ensure that they and their properties comply with the forthcoming introduction of new licensing rules.
From next month, all properties which accommodate two or more households, or five individual people, will need to be formally licensed as houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).
Under the present rules, only properties of at least three storeys have to be registered.
Ahead of the implementation of the new regulations, Breckland Council chiefs are encouraging landlords to apply for a new HMO licence, which will usually last for up to five years.
Landlords who do not register for the licences, which cost £399, will be breaking the law and could face an unlimited fine.
Gordon Bambridge, the authority’s executive member for growth, said: “In recent years there has been a growth in the multiple occupancy homes across the UK, including in Breckland.
“It is important that we make sure they are correctly licensed and are appropriate for the number of tenants.”
The licence process is intended to ensure that homes are suitable for the number of people proposed and that the landlord is a fit and proper person to run the property.
The process is also intended to ensure that the bedrooms offered within an HMO are of a minimum size and they comply with waste and recycling procedures.