Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are required to hold specific licences and follow strict guidelines in order to operate within the law. If this is not adhered to fully, enforcement action can be taken by the Local Authority.
If a property does not have a licence from the Local Authority, the landlord can receive a fine of up to £20,000 together with compulsory repayment of all rent received from the tenant’s occupying that HMO.
Breach of HMO regulations
A key reason for licencing is to help Local Authorities monitor the number of HMOs and assess standards. If the property is not maintained to the standard required, then a licence can be revoked by the Local Authority and a fine issued.
Licences need to be renewed every 5 years. If you find yourself without a valid licence or your property does not meet safety conditions, you need to take immediate action. The Property Litigation team (link) can help guide you through the process of application and/or responding to any enforcement action. Our solicitors are experienced in raising mitigating factors with Local Authorities to reach a level of fine that is acceptable.
How can Pinney Talfourd help?
If you are a landlord of a HMO, our residential property litigation solicitors will be happy to discuss your situation in more detail so please contact us. The team is recommended by The Legal 500 UK and our solicitors are able to meet clients out of hours and at any of our locations across Essex and London.
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