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No excuses: Fenland Council warns sub-standard landlords to clean up their act or face an immediate fine




Fenland District Council has strengthened its housing enforcement practices to crackdown on landlords who are not complying with licensing regulations.

Changes to Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing were brought into force by the Government in October 2018. This means that landlords need a license for each residential property that is rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household. Landlords also need a license if some or all tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities, or if at least 1 tenant pays rent (even if it is paid by their employer). With support from the Council, landlords have since had a reasonable time to comply with these regulations.

Councillor Sam Hoy.
Councillor Sam Hoy.

Whilst many landlords are complying with the new regulations, some are not. Over the last 18 months, Fenland housing officers have inspected nearly 2,000 private sector homes. Inspections have uncovered poor housing conditions with issues relating to fire safety, electrical safety and damp.


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