Landlords in Portsmouth warned aboutÂ new HMO license changes
LANDLORDS are being reminded a new license is required for Houses in Multiple OccupationÂ (HMOs) with five or more people.
Portsmouth City Council is introducing the change from today and the new rule means any HMO which is occupied by 5 or more people needs a license.
The local authority's privateÂ sector housing team isÂ considering prosecution action against any landlord whoÂ did not proactively apply for a license.
AÂ HMO is a property occupied by threeÂ or more people forming more than oneÂ household, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.
Councillor Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing, said: '˜We will look to prosecute or fine any landlord who has not proactively applied.
'˜Fines can be up to Â£30,000, so it's really not worth the risk. If your property needs a license, come forward and apply now, don't wait to get caught. Contact the team or risk prosecution.'
Landlords whoÂ have not applied already areÂ advised toÂ make anÂ application as soon as possible
The authority is also encouraging tenants of any property they believe should be licensed, to contact them if they do not believe their landlord has applied.
For information on how to apply or to contact theÂ private sector housing teamÂ visit portsmouth.gov.ukÂ and search 'mandatory licensing'. Alternatively,Â call (023) 9284 1659.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹