HMOs and the Proliferation of Cousins

Landlords who let HMOs may know about the sudden increase in cousins, uncles and aunts. Tenants who want to rent a shared house with more than two unrelated people will know about it too. Here is the standard definition of the family groups that could form a “household”, this from Birmingham local authority. I chose Birmingham because it is quite […]

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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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