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Testing Hammersmith and Fulham application systems

Hammersmith and Fulham launch their online application system On Thursday the 25th of May, John and I went into Hammersmith and Fulham council offices to test out their application system. The applications opened on Monday the 5th of June, the same day their additional and selective scheme began running. So what did we find out at [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|HMO Updates|0 Comments

National HMO Network Conference

Last week John and I were very pleased to attend a conference held by National HMO Network at the London Fire Brigade Headquarters for their biannual conference. The line-up of guest speakers was great and included Nick Coombe from the Fire Safety Team at the London Fire Brigade, Andrew Boff - deputy chair of housing [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|HMO Updates, Interest Pieces|0 Comments

Hammersmith and Fulham Additional Licensing Scheme

Additional HMO Licence Scheme In an aim to increase standards and control the quality of privately available rented accommodation in the district, Hammersmith and Fulham are introducing an additional licensing scheme for HMOs in the area. The scheme will come into affect on the 5th of June - the date when we are expecting applications [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|HMO Basics, HMO Updates|0 Comments

Civil Penalties Introduced

Civil Penalties show degree to which government is keen to increase control in the private rented sector. The introduction of Civil Penalties on Thursday the 6th of April 2017 is a good indication of the strengthening of local authority powers to tackle ‘rogue landlords’ currently taking place. As set out in the Housing and Planning [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|HMO Basics, HMO Updates|0 Comments

Why do we need HMO licensing?

HMO licensing is causing quite a stir, but why is it so important? HMO licensing has affected so many landlords up and down the country. Updates to the legislation mean that a further 170,000 are to be affected by licensing laws by the end of the year. I assume many of you may be asking, [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|HMO Basics|0 Comments

Housing White Paper

A Summary of the Key Points The much awaited Housing White Paper was released yesterday, I had a quick skim of the main issues raised as was pleasantly surprised. The paper admits that action needs to be taken and rate of supply needs to be seriously amped up to meet growing demands. The paper states [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Interest Pieces|0 Comments

HMOs Debates, Discussion and Developments. Part One: HMOs created

Part one: HMOs created HMO legislation has been a hot topic in parliamentary discussion over the past year or two with more changes arriving during these last then during its entire existence. This series intends to trace the movements and developments of HMO licensing in parliaments and popular discussion. When were HMOs initially introduced? The [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|HMO Basics|0 Comments

Types of Licensing

Mandatory Licence, Additional Licence or Selective Licence: what's the difference? There are currently three distinct types of property licences being issued by local authorities in the UK. They differ depending on the size and intended use of the rental property. In brief, mandatory licensing is for houses that operate under the normal HMO defining criteria [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|HMO Basics|0 Comments

Landlord Database will be introduced this year

Plans for Landlord Database for HMOs fully underway The landlord database will store the information of landlords who have failed to comply to HMO regulations. Lord Bourne, the undersecretary of state for communities and local governments, revealed that an official database of bad landlords and lettings agents will be launched in October 1st 2017. Despite the launch of the [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|HMO Updates|0 Comments

On the Street: The Rogue Landlord

On the Street: Landlord Prosecuted for failing to display contact details. There have been numerous reports over the years of ‘rogue’ landlords. These are landlords have caused serious damage to the representation of those working hard in the private rental sector. Landlords, who, have typically been prosecuted for failure to comply to HMO regulations. The first [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|On the Street|0 Comments