Welwyn Hatfield Council fires HMO warning ahead of law change

PUBLISHED: 12:24 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 18 September 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Council has warned of changes to HMO laws.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has warned of changes to HMO laws.

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has warned that new laws for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) will soon come into force.

Previously, a licence was only needed for houses over three storeys, but the new legislation requires all HMOs with five or more tenants to be licensed by the council.

The new conditions, which come into force from October 1, will also require all rooms to be at least 6.51 square metres if they are being let, and all waste must be managed according to WHC’s policies.

It will soon be a criminal offence to operate a licensable HMO without having made a valid application, and penalties include an unlimited fine and criminal record if convicted at magistrate’s court.

Cllr Tony Kingsbury said: “This new legislation will give renters in Welwyn Hatfield extra peace of mind, helping to improve the standard and safety of accommodation available to let in the borough.

“Compared with other authorities in Hertfordshire we have a large number of HMOs, so this new licensing will help to improve the homes of many of our residents.”

To report a property, or find out if the HMO you are renting has a licence, email housingandcommunity@welhat.gov.uk or ring 01707 357 000.

For more information, visit: www.welhat.gov.uk/multipleoccupancy.

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