New rules for landlords come into force on Monday

HOUSES in multiple occupation (HMOs) will need licences from Monday (1), Rotherham Borough Council has reminded landlords.

It follows a Government decision earlier this year on rented properties occupied by five or more people — regardless of the number of storeys.

HMOs have become increasingly popular in the borough and landlords have until April to apply for their licence.

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It costs £824 for five years — and landlords flouting the new rules will face prosecution and fines of up to £30,000.

Cllr Dominic Beck, cabinet member for housing, said: “This new change in the law reflects the importance society is putting on the safety of rented housing.”

Visit for more information. Properties included in a selective licensing area will not need to apply and will be transferred for free in 2020.

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