New rules to tighten up safety in HMOs

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New licensing rules are to be introduced to stop landlords renting out unsuitable or unsafe properties.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has given the green light to introduce an additional licencing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) later this year.

The decision followed consultation this year with residents, landlords and businesses.

Under the current scheme, the council has a statutory duty to license privately rented HMOs of three or more storeys with five or more occupiers sharing facilities. The new scheme means it will be able to include all other HMOs occupied by three or more people sharing.

It is estimated at least 600 HMOs across the Vale will be brought into the scheme, requiring their landlords to apply for an HMO licence.

HMOs will be inspected during the licence period and checked to make sure the property is compliant with the minimum standards for, among other things, fire safety, gas and electrical safety.