Landlords of shared homes urged to register to avoid fines

Landlords of shared homes are being urged to register ahead of new changes to the law which could see them fined up to £30,000.

The new legislation states that any home owner who rents their property out to five or more people forming at least two separate households (Houses of Multiple Occupancy, or HMOs) must register before October 1.

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Anyone who registers before that date will be able to take advantage of an early-bird fee of £999. Anyone registering after that date will have to pay a £1,150 fee.

A landlord discovered renting out an unlicensed HMO could be fined up to £30,000 under the new law. 

Andrew Mitchell, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes said:  “Licensing will be used by the Council to maintain  minimum safety standards and to ensure the health and safety of occupiers  is safeguarded.

“The Council acknowledges that the majority of landlords in Cornwall are responsible and law abiding and through the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme the Council is committed to helping landlords understand the duties placed on them.

“By working with good and improving landlords we hope to see positive improvements in the quality of accommodation offered to those seeking to rent in Cornwall.”

Landlords who wish to stay up to date with changes in the law, receive regular newsletters from the Councils Private Sector Housing Team or ask questions relating to HMO licensing are encouraged to join the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme.

It is simple and free to join via the Council website - which can be accessed on the council’s website.  Search for ‘responsible landlord’ on the home page.

Posted on 13 September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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