Council crackdown on unlicensed HMOs
The council is stepping up its action to crackdown on unscrupulous landlords who operate Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) without a licence.
Council teams will carry out checks on all suspected HMOs as part of proactive plans to improve standards in the private rented sector. Landlords who have not applied for a licence risk criminal prosecution or a Civil Penalty Fine of up to £30k.
Sian Chambers, Head of Community and Housing Strategy, said:
We're urging landlords without a licence to speak with us now to avoid potential enforcement action being taken against them.
The vast majority of the borough's landlords operate responsibly, but there are a small minority that don't and this can put their tenants at risk.
Residents can also report HMOs anonymously to us, so if you have any suspicions about a house down your street, please get in touch.
If you are a landlord and are unsure if you need a license - or a resident with concerns about an HMO - please contact the council on 01707 357672 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landlords can also join the Partnership Accreditation for Landlords (PAL) scheme, recognising landlords and letting agents who are meeting their legal obligations - and those that go above and beyond to provide good quality rented homes.