The new licensing regulations came into play on 1st October 2018 and applications should have been submitted by the 1st October.
The first key difference to the current legislation will be that regardless of the number of storeys, 5+ bed HMOs will require this licence. It is therefore advisable that any landlords with properties that are 1-2 storeys with 5+ tenants start getting organised to ensure their property is compliant and they can avoid any fines or penalties.
Bins, recycling and storage:
Some local authorities in particular have ongoing issues with refuse disposal and rubbish outside shared houses and HMOs. The government is therefore set to introduce a mandatory condition on all HMO licences that requires landlords to provide adequate bin facilities for their properties.
Minimum room sizes:
The government is keen to crack down on tiny bedrooms in rental properties. A minimum room size for single occupancy and double occupancy has therefore been agreed, and any rooms which do not comply must change their usage. The national guidance is 4.64m2 for a bedroom occupied by a child under 10 years old, 6.51m2 for a bedroom occupied by a person over 10 years old and 10.22m2 for a bedroom occupied by two people over 10 years old, however some London councils have their their own larger minimum room sizes. Typically, if a room is found to be too small the local authority ask landlords not to renew their tenancy for that particular room.