LETTINGS NEWS: New licensing system for some Exeter landlords


Exeter council is following the pattern of many local authorities by introducing a new licensing system from February 23 for some so-called Homes in Multiple Occupation.

Some see the scheme as a way of raising revenue (in Exeter’s case the fee will be £500 for an HMO with up to five occupants, rising in cost for larger properties) although many believe it helps weed out poor landlords and possibly sub-standard properties.

The two types of HMO which will need to be licensed from February 23 are:

  • flats or maisonettes above commercial premises or in mixed use buildings, where they are let to three or more people in different households sharing a kitchen, bathroom or toilet; and
  • buildings converted into self contained flats, where the conversion does not meet the 1991 Building Regulations, and where fewer than two thirds of flats are owner occupied.

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