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NO COMPULSORY LICENSES FOR HMOS

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The government has refused to bow to pressure from councils to introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for houses in...
The government has refused to bow to pressure from councils to introduce a mandatory licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation.

Housing minister David Curry has instead placed a duty of care on landlords to protect tenants from fire and health risks. Breaching that duty will lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000.

In addition, councils will be able to refuse to register properties where conditions are substandard or where management is inadequate.

It will exclude smaller hostels and those converted entirely into self-contained flats.
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