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Ealing Council; the latest to jump on the landlord licensing bandwagon
27/07/2016
10:16 am
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One of London's largest boroughs will soon have to obtain a license to operate a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

Ealing Council's plans include introducing two new licensing schemes in January 2017, as they attempt to improve standards in the PRS in the borough.

Home to more than 137,000 residential properties, there are around 36,000 properties which are rented from private landlords in the borough. And under existing rules, only certain larger HMOs in Ealing are covered by the existing mandatory licensing scheme.

The new scheme will apply to all HMOs that are two storeys or more and occupied by four or more people but not covered by the mandatory scheme.

In addition, the new selective licensing will apply to all privately rented homes in Acton Central, East Acton, South Acton, Southall Green and Southall Broadway wards where the council believes this type of licensing will deliver the most benefits to the community.

To obtain a licence for five years, landlords or managing agents will be required to pay a licence fee for each rented property in the designated schemes. The additional licensing fee is £1,100 for each HMO plus £30 for each habitable room and the selective licensing fee is £500.

Failure to obtain a licence may result in prosecution and an unlimited fine.

Applicants who sign up between 1 October and 31 December 2016 may be eligible to receive a 25% “early bird” discount. And those who are already members of a recognised landlord’s accreditation scheme may also qualify for a further discount of £75.

Under the new proposals a licensed landlord will also have to comply with several conditions relating to the management and condition of the property, including gas, electrical, fire safety and other facilities provided.

A written tenancy agreement would be required and anti-social behaviour by tenants would not be permitted.

  • Landlords and Tenants in Ealing; how do you feel about this?

As more and more landlord licensing schemes pop up around the country, the worry of rising rents vastly increases too.

Which is why landlords and tenants in North Somerset are currently uniting to fight against the impending Weston-super-Mare central and hillside licensing; due to come into force this November.

Interested in joining the Somerset Property Network to fight against the impending licencing scheme? Please click here.

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27/07/2016
12:20 pm
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One of London's largest boroughs will soon have to obtain a license to operate a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

A written tenancy agreement would be required and anti-social behaviour by tenants would not be permitted.

On which planet is Ealing council based?

27/07/2016
4:35 pm
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So tell me if Ealing Council decides that a normal 4 bed house is an HMO if 4 or more people occupy the property will that mean the mortgage lenders call in the BTL loans as the mortgage is not to be used for an HMO!!??

Different underwriting criteria is used for HMO loans.

Does this mean that to avoid be classified as an HMO risking a loan being called in or having to refinance on probably worse conditions that LL will need to reduce the household to 3 persons and consequently raise the rent for each of the remaining 3 tenants.

Do the council mean 3 households or 3 individuals!?

Will Ealing Council require the LL who harken from certain ethnic backgrounds who have a known and established propensity to let out beds in sheds to license them!?

Will Ealing Council which has to be Labour stop the overcrowding and beds in sheds that only certain parts of the community indulge in!?

We all know who they are and where they are!

Where will the tenants who will the fourth person live once they have to vacate to avoid the LL having to license.

Will 4 bed properties reduce in price in Ealing because of the new licensing regime

Will 3 bed properties increase in value.

Who would want a 4 bed to let out!?

All those additional costs for not much more in rent than a 3 bed!?

Looks like Ealing Council haven't factored in unintended consequences

Anyone surprised by this!!?

If these bog standard 4 bed properties are classified as HMO will those properties be required to be to HMO standards!?

Fire doors, alarms, etc, etc!?

It would seem that many tenants will be given their marching orders by LL soon

Who'd be the Fourth Man!?

Perhaps the former Fourth tenant might visit his former tenant sharers quite a lot

They may even allow him to stay overnight as a guest in the now spareroom.

Might the former tenant be a guest every night.

Might the LL allow the 3 remaining tenant sharers to take on a lodger for the now spare room

Would doing so result in the property becoming a new HMO!?

Ealing LL need to be asking these questions of their council

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