The new Mandatory licensing regulations came into play on 1st October 2018 and applications should have been submitted by the 1st October. The main key difference is that regardless of the number of storeys, 5+ bed HMOs will require a Mandatory HMO licence.
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 HMOs. 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 may still grant the Mandatory HMO licence but will stipulate that the landlord must not renew the tenancy for that particular room, unless it is made larger.