Private landlords in St Helens are advised that as from Monday 1 October, the licensing regulations of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will change.
Under previous legislation, landlords of properties of three storeys or more high and occupied by five or more people (excluding families), which make up two or more households need to obtain a licence from the local authority.
However, mandatory licensing will now apply to all types of HMOs regardless of the number of storeys, including commercial properties at ground floor level.
During the first- three months of the new legislation coming into effect, St Helens Council will work closely with landlords to support and advise with regard to new licensing applications.
If landlords fail to make a valid application within this period and are found to be operating a licensable HMO illegally, enforcement action – which includes prosecution or a civil penalty of up to £30,000 – will be considered.
Licensing applications can now be made online by visiting https://housinglicensing.
For more information on HMO’s, housing standards and enforcement visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/