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Are you aware that the Government has launched a consultation on “Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms” which runs until 13th December 2016.

The consultation applies to England only and the plan is for it to come into force in 2017, subject to parliamentary approval.

The two core elements are to extend the scope of mandatory houses in multiple occupancy (HMO) and to introduce a minimum room size. This has already been introduced in Nottingham under the Nottingham City Council boundary.

The stated reason behind these changes is that many of the occupants of HMOs tend to be at the lower income end and may well be vulnerable to rogue landlords who exploit them by providing sub-standard, sometimes dangerous, accommodation, which may also be overcrowded.

My view on this is another case of legislative change to address the “bad” minority, that ends up penalising the “good” majority?

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