Legislation and Regulations that can hit Owners and Agents with
Unlimited Fines or
Civil Penalties up to £30,000 PER item for each and every ‘breach’ of
the letter of the The Legislation or The Regulations:
• No licence
• Wrong licence
• Unintentional HMO (yes: you’re still liable even if you didn’t know)
• Breach of Management Regulations
• Breach of Right to Rent
• Breach of Planning
• And many, many more
You could easily lose your “Fit and Proper Person” status.
Then you can’t hold ANY licences at all!
You could lose your entire business.
Is your House or Flat an unintentional House in Multiple Occupation?
It’s incredibly easy for your tenants to turn your Single-Let property into what is legally an HMO without you knowing!
You are then legally responsible for complying with ALL the HMO legislation!
- You MUST comply with the HMO Management Regulations (fire doors, closers, smoke alarms, maintenance, grass cut, nothing in common-ways and 1,000 other requirements)
- You MAYbe at risk of up to £30,000 Civil Penalty for not having an HMO licence if your property is in an “Additional Licensing” area
You are legally liable for massive Civil Penalty ‘fines’ for non-compliance!
And “I didn’t know” will get you nowhere. Many have appealed, NONE have won.
How can I tell if my property has become (or is at risk of becoming) an UNINTENTIONAL HMO?
If you received any of these things recently, you have NO TIME TO WASTE:
Warning Letter from Council regarding maintenance, safety or fire
Notice of Breach of Management Regulations
Civil Penalty Notice
You could be in grave peril
Stop reading this page NOW and
PHONE Landlords Defence now on
0208 088 0788
before it is too late!
Get the RIGHT Licence
It’s a bit of a minefield!
Does your property need a Mandatory HMO licence? The rules changed on 1st October 2018 and now hundreds of thousands of shared lets NOW NEED LICENCES. Not having a licence opens you up to £thousands in fines.
Even if your shared house or flat doesn’t require a mandatory licence, your council may have designated YOUR PROPERTY as requiring an Additional Criteria HMO Licence. Again, the fines for non-compliance are massive.
In many Local Authority jurisdictions, large areas have been designated as EVERY RENTAL PROPERTY requiring a Selective Licence.
Got the Wrong Licence? Even if you THOUGHT you’d got the right licence, with the change of rules you MAY NOT HAVE. Guess what. They will hit you with Massive Fines for this too – because fining landlords appears to be a major council revenue stream.
We can help you be sure you have the right licences. We can assist you to get your licence in place.
AVOID £5k to £30k Fines
When 3 or more people share a property it is potentially a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Every property that counts as an HMO is subject to the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation England Regulations 2006.
Fail on a few maintenance items such as furniture on the landing, blown light bulbs on the stairs, garden not tidy, and a host of seemingly small items can cost you massive Civil Penalty fines.
In fact any single failure or breach of your responsibilities under these Regulations for maintenance or management can land you a Civil Penalty fine generally between £5,000 and £30,000.
If your failures are to do with Fire Alarms, Fire Doors, or obstructions in the fire escape route; expect to get Civil Penalties in the £tens of thousands!
We can help you ensure that you are fully compliant with the Management Regulations.
Over 5,000 pages of legislation to comply with
How many of these have you read and fully understand?
Are you and your properties fully compliant?
- Housing Act 2004 – 405 pages
- The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation England Regulations 2006 – 6 pages
- Housing and Planning Act 2016 – 312 pages
- Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 – 60 pages
- Defective Premises Act 1972 – 6 pages
- HHSRS Housing health and safety rating system – 285 pages
- Immigration Act 2014 (Right to Rent) – 216 pages
- Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – 68 pages
- 362 LHAs Individual Civil Penalty Policies
- LACORS – Fire Safety – 82 Pages
- The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 – 12 Pages
We can help you be sure you you’re properly compying with all of this legislation and regulation.
You can LOSE your ability
to hold a licence
If a Council finds you ‘guilty’ of breaching the Housing Act, the Management Regulations or a host of other legislation and regulation, not only can they issue Civil Penalties of up to £30,000 per breach, they can also take away your status as a ‘Fit and Proper Person.’
This means you can no longer hold any property related licence
In some areas this means you can’t hold an HMO licence.
But in Selective Licencing areas – it could mean you’re not able to rent out any property at all!
It could destroy your rental business completely.
We can help you with training and systems to ensure you don’t ever get into this situation.
As a Landlord the dreadful Grenfell Tower disaster should have highlighted that fire is an horrendous thing and we ALL have a responsibility to make sure our tenants, residents and occupants are safe.
Councils will take no excuses in relation to fire safety. Because you are putting people’s lives at risk!
If you do not have working smoke, heat and fire alarms, if you don’t have the correct fire doors or if there’s any sort of fire-related issue your Council will issue MASSIVE Civil Penalty Fines.
And, because residents’ lives are at risk, they can even close you down on the spot!
We can help you be compliant with all the appropriate Fire Regulations.
Don’t become a Council
Just like Parking Tickets and Speed Cameras, Civil Penalties fines on Landlords are now a MAJOR revenue stream for impoverished councils.
So, they will issue a Civil Penalty for even the smallest of breaches and they usually start at £5,000 and just go upwards.
Many landlords are guilty and just pay
BUT many landlords are NOT GUILTY but pay up anyway because they don’t know HOW to fight the council. You may not need to pay – Contact us NOW for help.
If you’ve had a Civil Penalty Notice, an Enforcement Notice, or have been threatened with one.
If you’ve had a letter or phone call from the council telling you of maintenance needing to be done.
Don’t waste time, CONTACT US FOR HELP before it’s too late.
Get help BEFORE it’s too late
Many Councils are waking up to the media coverage of poor and rogue landlords.
They are doing announced snap inspections of rental properties.
They are not just going after the really bad landlords.
They are going after low-hanging fruit, Councils need to be SEEN to get results and they need the financial income. And they no longer have to take you to court. They siply issue a Civil Penalty of up to £30,000 PER BREACH.
That means decent and reasonable landlords LIKE YOU will be served Civil Penalties
Many Councils now have a policy (just like parking tickets) where they just issue them whether or not they have full proof.
And then they expect Landords to just pay-up because they’re scared.
But in many cases these Civil Penalties are not totally justified. We can help you to challenge Civil Penalties and only pay where you have truly broken the rules
Whether you’re planning a new HMO, renovating an existing HMO or simply want to ensure your current HMOs are fully compliant with the legislation and regulations you need professional HMO advice.
Your team of experienced landlords and developers here are specialists in HHSRS, Fire Risk Assessment, Planning, Refurbishment and Development are just a phone call away.
To give you HMO advice in London, the North, the Midlands and in fact the whole of England and Wales.
And these experts are on standby to help you whenever you need advice.
If you need HMO Services in London, throughout England and Wales the specialists here at Landlord Licensing & Defence can assist you.
Here, you have access to a full range of HMO services including HMO Design, HMO planning permission, HMO Compliance, HHSRS, Fire Design, Fire Risk Assessment.
As well as HMO Amenity Standards Compliance, HMO Licensing Advice, HMO Licence Application Service, HMO Property Licensing and HMO Licence Condition Representations.
Most landlords and their architects design HMOs without reference to the local HMO Amenity Standards.
They then apply for an HMO Licence only to find that the shiny new and expensively converted HMO is non-compliant on HHSRS or HMO Management Regulations.
In many cases the landlord only finds out when the council visits two years after the licence application and issues massive fines for non-compliance. Often £30,000 or even more.
Involving Certified HHSRS and fire risk assessors at the design stage and during the works can ensure that you get all of these design and compliance matters (which are over and above building regulations) right from the outset.
Landlords Defence Barrister Service
Sometimes things will have already gone too far.
You’re facing a PACE interview
You’ve been summoned to a court appearance
Or you’ve been given ‘notice’ of a very large civil penalty.
We have teamed up with some of the best property Barristers in the UK.
They are the country’s leading experts in the law relating to Housing Acts, Management Regulations and Enforcement. They are the country’s most eminent HMO and Property Barristers
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Letting & Management Agent Support
Lettings and Management Agents are suffering massive Civil Penalties and fines too.
Failures to obtain correct licences, failures to spot unwitting HMOs, failures against the HMO Management Regulations are leading to Letting and Management Agencies receiving Civil Penalties and fines of £8,000, £10,000, £20,000, and even £50,000 that we know of.
We are the experts in this nightmare of legislation and regulations and we can support you to avoid these fines AND get PROFITABLE new management contracts (backed by us and our expertise).
We believe in WIN-WIN and we’re here to keep you safe AND win extra business. Who wouldn’t want that?
We run trainings for your letting and management staff, your inventory agents and your maintenance contractors. It is so essential THEY understand – it’s the only way to keep you legal, decent and honest. (And not getting massive fines!)
We run ‘Your Responsibilities’ seminars and trainings on your behalf for your landlord clients and your prospects to help you win new business!
Want to know more about how we can help you in this ever more complex legal jungle?