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Extension of Licensing for Landlords and Letting Agents in Guildford

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Extension of Licensing for Landlords and Letting Agents in Guildford

Published at 12:25pm 13th August 2018. (Updated at 2:20pm 19th August 2018)

New rules will apply from 1 October 2018 as the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) is extended to cover all properties occupied by five or more people, regardless of the size of the property. An HMO is a house occupied by unrelated individuals or couples and would include student or shared houses.

Landlords currently need an HMO Licence if the property has three storeys or more (includes basements and attics) and is occupied by five or more people.

Cllr Philip Brooker, Lead Councillor for Housing and Development Management, said: "The change has been introduced to extend the scope of licensing to provide safer housing standards for private tenants whilst targeting rogue landlords. Also, for the first time minimum room sizes have been introduced to ban the use of small rooms as sleeping accommodation.

"It is expected there may be several hundred properties throughout Guildford that will need to be licensed. Apply now as Landlords who fail to do so will face civil penalties of up to £30,000, a late payment fee and may be required to repay tenants their rent."

Further information can be found on our House in Multiple Occupation Licence web page.