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Categories:
Real Estate & Property Law
Housing & Property
Planning
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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
Plays on Computer:
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Contributor(s):
Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at those interested in property, housing and planning issues. It aims to set out the regime governing so called ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation’, what special rules apply in respect of management and planning and the consequences for owners who fail to meet their duties. The podcast also aims to assist practitioners identify when a property undergoes a change of use to become an HMO.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Know how to identify an HMO;
  • Understand the licensing, planning and management obligations that attach to property designated as an HMO;
  • Know the penalties for breach of the management and planning conditions that apply to HMOs;
  • Understand the potential pitfalls for occupiers claiming a rent repayment order against a Landlord;
  • Be aware of the tactics Landlords might use to delay the imposition of a rent repayment order in relation to HMOs;
  • Understand how the numbers of HMOs in particular areas are controlled;
  • Be aware of the use classes of property which apply to HMOs and the changes that have affected their classification in recent years;
  • Understand the issues when assessing whether there has been a material change of use that will trigger a requirement to obtain planning permission for an HMO;
  • Be aware of the planning difficulties for local authorities that arise in areas where there is a high student population;
  • Understand the possible council tax considerations in relation to HMOs.
Level:
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Classification:
Legal Principles
Legislative Updates
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Housing Act 2004 ss 76, 254, 257, 258;
  • The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2010;
  • Building Regulations 1991;
  • The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006;
  • Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987;
  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 Art. 4;
  • The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (No.2) (England) Order 2010;
  • The Council Tax (Liability for Owners) Regulations 1992.
Tags:

This podcast with property specialist David Smith from Anthony Gold is about Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). It will address how to identify an HMO and what obligations relating to planning and property management which that label imposes on Landlords and owners. It will examine the consequences for breaching their obligations which become particularly acute when there is uncertainty as to when a property undergoes a change of use to become an HMO. The final area this podcast will discuss is about the council tax implications for HMO properties.

Podcast added: 07/04/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-09-30

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