HMO license requirements are being extended
If you rent out a property in Brighton, there are changes afoot that could well affect you. Brighton & Hove City Council is proposing further licensing requirements for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) across the city.
Licensing is the need for landlords to register their properties with the council so that health and safety checks can be made there. Usually you hear about licensing in relation to HMOs, but don’t be fooled: HMOs are not large blocks of flats but small homes just like the one you rent out.
The actual definition of a HMO will catch the vast majority of properties that are not rented to a single family. A HMO is any property that is the main home to at least three tenants, who form more than one family household, and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
A similar scheme was introduced in 2012 to the Lewes Road area, but it is now being proposed to be extended to Brunswick & Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Preston Park, Regency and Westbourne.
Now that depends who you ask!
According to Bill Randall, chair of the housing committee, licensing is a way to register all homes so they can be inspected:
“Private rented housing accounts for about 30 per cent of all the city’s housing, and the council has a duty to make sure these homes are safe, healthy and well-managed.”
According to the Brighton chapter of the National Landlord’s Association (NLA):
“Licensing is a further tax on the private rented sector, targeting tenants that are not related to each other. Shared housing is often occupied by young people and key workers, vital to keep the city running. Licensing will increase the costs for these tenants, and make housing more unaffordable in Brighton.”
If you’re looking for an easier way to manage your investment in property then let me introduce our Guaranteed Rent scheme . It takes away the hassles of finding and managing tenants, the trouble of dealing with day-to-day maintenance issues and the endless worries over what red tape the council may be introducing next.
Quite simply we lease your property for five years, we guarantee you rent every month whether the property is occupied or not, and we return your investment to you in exactly the same condition as we received it in.
Now that sounds refreshingly easy, doesn’t it?