Landlords in Eastleigh Borough who rent to five or more tenants at one address are being reminded that they now need a licence.
New legislation means that mandatory licensing is no longer restricted to large houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) but also applies to smaller properties with fewer occupants.
The change comes into effect from 1 October 2018 and, to be compliant with the new legislation, landlords need to have submitted their licence application form to the Council by that date – otherwise enforcement action can be taken.
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is generally any property, house or flat, where there are two or more separate households sharing one or more basic amenity (such as a toilet, bathroom, or kitchen) and where there is rent or some other form of payment made by at least one person. Unlike many other local authorities, Eastleigh uses its own in-house team to carry out inspections and issue licences, and this gives the Council better oversight of standards in HMOs across the Borough.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Social Policy, Councillor Tina Campbell, said: “The privately rented sector provides much–needed housing in the Borough and, as a Council, we are keen to make sure that HMOs are provided to the highest possible standards. Our own team will implement the new HMO licensing regulations and carry out inspections to help landlords ensure that smaller properties are compliant in providing safe and properly maintained accommodation.”
To find out more and apply for a licence, landlords should visit: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/HMOlicence