Local authorities are failing to cope with the volume of additional work needed to process the Government’s controversial mandatory HMO licensing scheme, This is Money can reveal.

New rules brought in this October have dramatically increased the number of rental properties classed as ‘houses in multiple occupation’, which require the landlord to hold a specific licence with the local council.

They come as part of a wide-ranging set of measures from the Government designed to stamp out overcrowding and stop rogue landlords from renting out properties in squalid conditions.

Under the new rules some councils expect an incredible 1,428 per cent increase in the number of properties now requiring an HMO licence – with local authorities struggling to keep up with the volume of new applicants as a result.


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