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Licensing alert for landlords and hoteliers

26 September 2018

Hoteliers and private landlords are being warned about important changes in the way houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) are licensed.

New legislation comes in to effect from Monday, 1 October 2018, which has an impact on hotels across South Lakeland where accommodation is provided for staff.

The changes will also affect landlords who have student lets.

Currently only around 60 properties are licensed HMOs across South Lakeland and it is estimated that figure could treble. 

From 1 October any property regardless of size, with five or more people in two or more households, will require a licence.   

As the local licensing authority, we are urging property owners who are affected by the changes to make an application or risk prosecution.  

Our spokesperson said: “The new legislation, which is designed to drive up standards in the private rented sector, will mean more local landlords will now need to apply for a licence.

“The government is removing the previous three storey requirement on HMOs, meaning any property regardless of size which is shared by five or more adults from more than one household must be licensed.

“For example, if you are an hotelier providing accommodation for your staff, the landlord of student lets or you rent a property which is shared by more than one family, then the property will now need a licence.”

Landlords who have not submitted their application to our Housing Standards Department before the 1 October 2018 deadline may be committing an offence.

A licence costs £368 for up to five bedrooms and £25 for each extra bedroom, to a maximum of £600. Licences usually last for five years.  

We are staging an event at the MintWorks in Kendal tomorrow to help local landlords and agents understand more about the licensing changes.

The special event, which will be held from 6pm until 8pm, will help landlords and agents understand more about their legal and safety responsibilities.

For more details about HMO licensing, to make an application or to reserve your place at tomorrow's event, please call the Housing Standards Department on 01539 733333. A paper application can also be requested.