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Landlords reminded to register houses of multiple occupation

RUGBY Borough Council has reminded landlords of houses of multiple occupation that they are legally required to register their properties with the council, following a recent change in the rules.

The council has searched all known records to identify properties that may be operating as houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) and most landlords have fulfilled their obligations. However, around twenty properties that the council suspect may be operating as an HMO have not been registered. One property has been inspected under warrant with future enforcement action possible.

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said:

Most landlords take their responsibilities seriously and will want to register their properties, and I would ask those landlords to get in touch with the private sector housing team at the council as soon as possible so that their HMOs can be licensed.

“Regrettably, there are other landlords who will seek to exploit their tenants with poor quality or dangerous housing. These landlords can expect us to take enforcement action against them, including prosecution where necessary.

With fines of up to £20,000 for not registering, it really doesn’t pay for landlords to shirk their responsibilities.”

Households made up of five or more people from two or more families that share certain facilities are now normally classed as a house of multiple occupation, regardless of the number of bedrooms or the number of storeys.

Find out more about the HMO licence

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