Government announces response to consultation on HMO reforms

Published on Thu, 28th Dec 2017 12:34

The Government has today published its response to its consultation paper on HMO reforms, which can be found at:

In short, it is proposed in England – subject to parliamentary approval to:

  • Extend mandatory licensing to all HMOs (other than section 257 HMOs and flats in larger purpose built blocks) that are occupied by 5 or more persons in to or more separate households;

  • Introduce mandatory conditions in all licensed HMOs concerning minimum sleeping room sizes and maximum number of occupants;

  • Introduce a mandatory condition in all licensed HMOs concerning the provision of refuse storage facilities.

 It is anticipated that this will become law April 2018, but has to find parliamentary time to allow this.

Under the new licensing regime, the government is introducing minimum space requirements, which mean rooms used for sleeping by a single adult will have to be no smaller than 6.51sqm, and those occupied by two adults will have to measure at least 10.22sqm.

Rooms slept in by children of 10 years and younger will have to be at least 4.64sqm in size.

The government has also unveiled details of criminal offences that will prevent those convicted from becoming landlords. 

To help prevent overcrowding, fresh rules enforcing minimum size requirements for bedrooms in houses of multiple occupation (HMO) will be introduced, with those landlords letting properties occupied by at least five people from two or more separate households required to obtain a license by their local council.