The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) recently announced (20 June 2018) the publication of new guidance for HMOs. This follows the legislation introduced in May 2018 and taking effect on 1 October 2018 which requires any landlord letting a property to 5 or more people comprising more than one household to be licensed as an HMO with their local housing authority.

The MHCLG states that these new regulations will apply to about 160,000 properties and will allow councils to crack down further on the small minority of landlords who rent out sub-standard and overcrowded homes. There are also new rules which specify minimum bedroom sizes and waste disposal schemes.

The HMO guidelines can be accessed here.

The government also announced it will be reviewing how selective licensing is used and how well it is working. Independent commissioners will be gathering evidence from local authorities and bodies representing landlords, tenants and housing professionals. Findings will be reported in Spring 2019 with an update on progress later this year in the autumn.

The full government announcement regarding HMOs and the selective licensing review can be found here.