Houses in Multiple Occupation
Solicitors in Essex & London
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 you are a landlord and unsure if your property qualifies as a HMO please read our Legal Hub article: Houses in Multiple Occupation FAQs.
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.
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.
If you are a landlord of a HMO, Pinney Talfourd’s property litigation solicitors will be happy to discuss your situation in more detail. The team is recommended by Legal 500 UK and our solicitors are able to meet clients out of hours and at any of our locations across Essex and London. Contact the team here.
If you feel that you require further legal advice relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation, feel free to contact any of our residential property litigation solicitors directly to discuss your legal issues in more detail. Our team offers consultations in any of our five offices across Essex and London, or, if more convenient, we are happy to meet you onsite at your own premises.