Calling all landlords!
If you let a property to five or more people, you may need to get a licence by 1 October 2018, even if your property is only over one or two floors.
Lichfield District Council is warning local landlords that mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation, known as HMOs, has been extended.
From 1 October 2018, it will be an offence if qualifying landlords do not have an HMO licence. This is because the criteria for a licensable HMO has changed to remove the three storey requirement.
The council is now asking landlords who own properties in Lichfield District two questions:
- Do you let a property to five or more tenants in two or more separate households?
- Do you let a property with shared facilities, such as a sink, toilet or cooker?
If the answer is yes to both questions, local landlords will need to apply to the council for an HMO licence now, in good time for the October deadline.
Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, Housing & Wellbeing, said:
“We don’t want any of our landlords to be penalised because they do not have the correct licence in place by October. So, if you have a property that you believe may need a licence, please download an application form from our website, where you will also find more information about whether your property falls in the licensing criteria.”
If qualifying landlords do not have an HMO licence by 1 October 2018, they will be committing an offence under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004. This carries an unlimited fine or a conviction in a magistrates’ court or a civil penalty of up to £30,000.
The council is now accepting applications. To find out more and to download an application form, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/hmo.