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Houses in Multiple Occupation

Legislation intended to clarify and simplify the process for a Landlord to apply for a Houses in Multiple Occupation Licence came into force on 31 August 2011.  However, this includes severe penalties for non-compliance in relation to HMOs entered into after that date (and which were not existing or pending before), of which Landlords require to be aware.  Following this, the maximum penalty on conviction for letting an HMO without a licence is a fine of £50,000.  There is also the power to disqualify a convicted Landlord from holding an HMO Licence for up to 5 years.  A Council can also order that no rent is payable under a tenancy in respect of a property where there is no licence or the licence has been breached.  It is therefore very important that Landlords ensure their properties are appropriately licensed.  More information may be found at:- http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/privaterent/government/hmo

 

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