FOI request (FOI-86949779)
Requested Tue 04 September 2018
Responded Fri 07 September 2018The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 is due to come into effect on October 1, 2018. Similar legislation is in effect in Scotland.It requires private landlords with properties housing three or more tenants, forming more than one household, to obtain an HMO license. Those with properties in which tenants share a bathroom, kitchen or toilet facilities with others also require to be licensed.I would like to know if your local authority has conducted research to establish how many properties within its area fall into this category and are owned by landlords who now require to obtain an HMO license.Further, I would like to know if your local authority has conducted research to establish how many properties within its area are, as of September 3, 2018, compliant with the new regulations such that the landlord has been granted a license or could expect to be granted a license.
ResponseNo research has been undertaken.Hastings Borough Council (HBC) already has an Additional HMO Licensing Scheme. We have not had any applications under the new regulations.Following your further clarification dated 5 September 2018 - HBC do not know how many properties will require a licence or what condition they will be in.
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