HMO Licensing Rules Extended

HMO Licensing Rules Extended From October 2018, the scope of mandatory licensing in England will be extended, which means an estimated 177,000 properties will need to be licensed for the first time, says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. From October 2018, the government is extending the scope of mandatory HMO licensing rules in England. (See below for the differences in the […]

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The Stupidity of Article 4 and HMO Restrictions

David Lawrenson suggests local authorities are being lazy when they opt to use Article 4 restrictions to limit the numbers of shared houses (HMO) in their area. But it presents opportunities for landlords. Article 4 and HMO Restrictions Ever since the noughties, when Tony Blair decreed that 50% of all kids had to go on to study at a university, universities and […]

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Single Room Rate Changes and HMOs Houses in Multiple Occupation

The thirst from “property investors” for supposedly great returns from houses in multi occupation will make for a harder job for town halls housing departments. Often the returns from HMOs are illusory says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com Every day at the town halls, junior front-line housing staffers spend a lot of their time dealing with single adults who “present” as […]

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Government Policy on the Private Rented Sector is Not Joined Up

Sometimes government policy doesn’t seem to join up too well – with different policies apparently conflicting with each other. Two good examples are (1) the lending activities of state owned banks which appear to hamper what local councils are trying to do with their private rented sector access schemes, especially lease schemes and (2) policies on HMOs which appear to […]

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