The Tenant Fees Bill has had its second reading. The current Bill and its progress are here. There is a lot to digest in the Bill and I suspect there will be amendments on route. There are a whole new range of civil penalties, possible offences and restrictions on service of a section 21 forthcoming.
Meanwhile, the Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Mandatory Conditions of Licences) (England) Regulations 2018 have been made and will come into effect on 1 October 2018. Amongst other things, these regulations set minimum room sizes for HMOs:
- (a) to ensure that the floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by one person aged over 10 years is not less than 6.51 square metres;
- (b) to ensure that the floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by two persons aged over 10 years is not less than 10.22 square metres;
- (c) to ensure that the floor area of any room in the HMO used as sleeping accommodation by one person aged under 10 years is not less than 4.64 square metres;
- (d) to ensure that any room in the HMO with a floor area of less than 4.64 square metres is not used as sleeping accommodation.
This will apply to all new licences after 1 October 2018, with an 18 month compliance period. I suspect this will be a bumpy ride…
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Lastly – the committee date for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill is still not set, but we’re hopeful it will be very soon. Parliament is a strange place…