26 August 2014

Housing minister Grant Shapps has been accused of reneging on pledges to ditch new rules on House in Multiple Occupation.

The rules were rushed through Parliament in April, via a Statutory Instrument, and without any consultation – despite their wide-ranging effect on both home-owners and landlords.

The rules have brought in a new planning class. This means it is now mandatory for any home-owner or landlord who lets out or shares a property to between two and six unrelated peo

Planning permission is not guaranteed and costs money. If HMO status is granted, the property owner might have to pay more to have it licensed.

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