Five year licence for HMO in Camden
Camden Council is introducing new licensing conditions for landlords of shared accommodation, it will mean that landlords who rent out a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) must apply for a five-year licence. A licence will only be granted if a minimum set of standards for the property are met, this is infact good news, controlling such multiple occupancy properties is essential so that tenants live in safe and healthy conditions, conforming to all fire regulations is so very important.
A third of Camden households live in privately rented homes so this move would benefit around 20,000 residents living in 8,000 homes. The new scheme will come into effect on 8 December 2015.
Camden already licenses 300 larger shared properties, and will now extended this to include an additional 8,000 Houses in Multiple Occupation, under an additional licensing scheme.
Cllr Sarah Hayward, leader of Camden council, reportedlysaid: “We face a real housing crisis in Camden and need more ways to tackle it. Good quality, safe and affordable housing is so closely linked to quality of life and something that everybody has a right to expect.
“Too often private tenants are the ones that experience the worst housing conditions and that just isn’t fair, we are determined to make Camden a place for everyone.”