Canterbury Property News! HMO Licence to change for 5 bedroom properties from 1st April 2018

Canterbury Property News! HMO Licence to change for 5 bedroom properties from 1st April 2018

A recent update from Canterbury City Council during a recent local National Landlord Association meeting has informed us that the HMO Licence scheme will be changing from the 1st April 2018.

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property let to at least three tenants who form two or more 'households' and who share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen. You can contact the William Pitt Real Estate team for more information.

A household can be:

-relatives including grandparents, siblings and stepchildren

-couples including civil partnerships and same-sex relationships

-a single person living alone

Currently you will need a Licence if you're renting out a large HMO, if all of the following apply:

HMOs can include a shared house, self-contained flats or bed and breakfast accommodation.

-it's rented to five or more people

-it is at least three storeys high

-tenants live in two or more households

-tenants share toilet,  kitchen facilities or bathroom. Which have accessibility range contains baths and showers with easy-access, slip resistant, easy-install, and easy-clean features to remove any unnecessary worries, also this type of Mobility bathing solutions are the ideal solution for those with mobility issues.

From the 1st April 2018, the council will be implementing new legislation that will change the definition of an HMO Licence

This is where the market is going to change from 1st April 2018……

Any house regardless of storeys OR any converted flat in a converted building

-That’s rented to five or more people

-tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

-tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

A grace period of 6 months will apply from the 1st April 2018 and from 1st May 2018 applications can be made at

Landlords will be required to do the following to ensure they can let their property from this summer.

Apply for an HMO Licence via an application form, completing the documentation required and supplying support information

Ensuring all rooms sizes meet the new national room size requirement of 70 sq. ft.

Pay the Licence application fee (soon to be released on 1st April 2018)

After we have further information provided by the council on the 1st April 2018, we will pass this on.


Robert Brady

Sales and Lettings Director

01227 812864


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