The law is changing – if you rent your home, your landlord may need a licence!

Published: Monday 21st May 18

Tenants, landlords, and neighbours are being urged to alert the council to licensable properties.

From 1 October 2018 all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) rented to five or more unrelated people must have a council HMO licence.

As things stand, a licence is only required if the property is three or more storeys high, but the law is changing this. 

Landlords seeking an HMO licence will need to demonstrate to an Environmental Health Officer that the property meets national safety regulations. The law change is designed to make sure that rented shared houses and flats are of a good standard and are safe to live in.

The council will be conducting inspections of properties over the coming months, and as of 1 October any landlord renting out an HMO without a licence will be committing an offence and could be subject to a large fine.

Those knowingly avoiding applying for a licence could be banned from renting out properties altogether.

Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Don’t leave it to the last minute – any landlord who rents out an HMO without a licence after 1 October will be committing an offence. We’re also asking tenants, neighbours or anyone else who thinks a property could be licensable to get in touch.”

If you know of an HMO that could be licensable, let the council know here or by going to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/hmo

If you do not have access to the internet, contact (020) 8871 6127 and select the option for private housing.

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Recent comments

About time, but there should be licences and regular inspections of all rental properties to ensure proper quality and renters are not b eing exploited.
Carol Tibbs

27 May 2018

Yet another excuse to harass landlords and screw money out of them. This will have a long term negative impact on the rental sector as many will abandon renting out or simply pass on costs to tenant. The present government is landlord unfriendly, especially the new Home Secretary and a Corbyn government would be even more so.
MARK GRETASON

26 May 2018

Will this apply to a landlord who owns 1 flat, out of 5 rented flats (all owned by other landlords) within the same converted house? If all 5 landlords own a share of the freehold of the house but no one individual owns the lot? I'm assuming not but please confirm. Thanks
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