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New Medway Council Legislation Could Hit Buy-to-Let Landlords

13th April 2018

Current Government policy dictates that owners of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) require a special licence if the building is three storeys or higher and has more than five people living in the building. This is due to be extended in October to include all property housing more than five people from two or more households, regardless of how many storeys high the building is. According to a report in the Medway Property News, several Medway councils are considering planning further licensing schemes making it more difficult for landlords to procure licences for their rental properties and could also affect those who need to sell my house for cash. Selective Licensing Schemes Could Cause Problems for Buy-to-Let Landlords Some areas in the Medway are proposing to implement licensing schemes for all HMO rental properties, regardless of how many tenants are in situ. Others are looking at selective licensing where they can target certain areas that may have problems with anti-social behaviour linked to rental properties. For landlords with large portfolios covering different areas in Medway, this could cause some confusion as each council may have different rules regarding licensing. It’s up to the landlord to check the policy regarding each property they own and ensure they have the relevant licence for each property. Not Complying with New Licensing Regulations Could Lead to Large Fines This may lead to a huge impact on the buy-to-let sector and turn many would-be landlords away from purchasing property in the area for private rentals. Landlords who already own HMOs which now require further licensing may be tempted to offload eligible properties and look to buy property in other areas, where less licensing is needed. Failing to get the correct licences could lead to large fines.

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