Tessa's Ten Top Tips for HMO Landlords

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  1. Do not let rooms to tenants under so called ‘license agreements’ without getting legal advice  (from a qualified lawyer) first. In most cases these ‘licenses’ will actually be tenancies
  2. Check with your Local Authority to see what the situation is regarding licensing in your area (as it varies across the country).
  3. If you need to get a license make sure that you do this before you start renting
  4. You will also need to make sure that the property complies with the standards set by your local authority for example as to room size and amenities/services provided to tenants
  5. You will need to get the electrical installations inspected and tested every five years and obtain a certificate (in addition to your normal obligations under the Gas Regs).  If you rent bedsits you also need to comply with the Heat Network Regulations.
  6. You will need to have a notice (laminated plastic is suitable and cheap) in a prominent position in the HMO giving the name, address and telephone contact number of the landlord or property manager. Failure to do this will put you in breach of the management regulations and vulnerable to a fine of up to £5,000
  7. Carry out regular inspections and keep detailed written records
  8. Confirm in writing all requests made to tenants (for example to keep access ways clear) – otherwise how will you be able to prove that you have made the request, for example if you are prosecuted?
  9. Do not ignore letters and notices from the Local Authority - they are not going to go away
  10. Make sure you get some proper training

 

Notes: 

Regular HMO Workshops are provided by Easy Law Training - find out when the next one is going to be held via the Easy Law Training Website.

 

 

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