What do you know about the rules regarding houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and the licensing systems in place across England? Whether you’re new to that part of the property sector or you want to keep update on the latest changes, you may be interested in an upcoming event in Manchester.
The Manchester City Council has planned a couple of HMO drop-in events for private landlords and letting agents, due to take place over the next few days.
One of the events will be held at Moss Side Powerhouse Library on Thursday 16th May between 3PM–7PM. The other will be held at Abraham Moss Library on Wednesday 22nd May between 2PM–7PM. These sessions have been planned in order to help HMO landlords and letting agents understand new rules and changes that have been introduced to HMO licensing.
It was 1st October last year that HMO rules were changed, so that properties let to five or more individuals from different families who are sharing amenities must have a licence. This is necessary for them to continue operating and to comply with legislation.
An estimated 160,000 let properties have been affected by the introduction of these new rules put in place to govern HMOs. The rules have also set a specification for room sizes in the properties. Bedrooms in HMOs are now required to be at least 4.64sqm for children aged ten or younger. For a single adult the bedroom must be a minimum of 6.51sqm, and for two adults sharing it must be 10.22sqm.
The minimum room size rule will not affect most landlords. Its main aim is to clamp down on rogue landlords who are overcrowding their properties, forcing tenants to live in unsuitable conditions. Housing too many people in one room or not providing a big enough space is a big issue in the private rental sector (PRS) and a breach of health and safety standards.
If you are unsure whether you require an HMO licence for your property, get in touch with your local authority for clarification.
Manchester City Council HMO drop-in events:
Thursday 16th May, 3PM–7PM, Moss Side Powerhouse Library, 140 Raby Street, Moss Side M14 4SL
Wednesday 22ndMay, 2PM–7PM, Abraham Moss Library, Crescent Road, Crumpsall, M8 5UF