Important Changes Affecting HMO Landlords

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Important changes are taking place that affect any Sefton landlords who run a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Following consultation, the complulsory annual licence for HMOs has been replaced with a three-year licence which was introduced on April 1.

Under the new scheme, there will be a reduced fee for any properties that are part of Sefton Council’s Property Accreditation scheme.

Operating an unlicensed HMO is a criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £20,000.

Alan Lunt, Sefton Council’s Director of Built Environment, said: “HMO licences are vital in ensuring properties meet the standards that tenants might expect – including living conditions, cooking and washing facilities, and fire safety.

“Our officers will be actively seeking out properties that are operating without the required licence and will take action wherever necessary.

“We are now encouraging all landlords who currently run a HMO that requires a licence to apply as soon as possible.”

A property must be licensed under the mandatory licensing scheme if it has:

3 or more occupied storeys (includes any occupied basement or attic)

5 or more occupants (who comprise two or more separate family units or ‘Households’)

Shared amenities such as bathroom, kitchen, or toilet facilities or where all the units of accommodation are not fully self-contained (i.e. although a kitchen, bathroom or WC are provided for the tenant’s use elsewhere in the building, they are not actually situated within their unit of accommodation).

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