The English government has just (Nov 2015) issued its discussion document covering the options for extending the scope of Mandatory Licenced HMOs. Basically they are hoping to:

  • Improve the quality of lower end housing and make it safer for vulnerable tenants
  • Make it tougher for unscrupulous landlords to house illegal migrants in illegal HMOs
  • To reduce tenant exploitation and the abuse of the housing benefit system
  • To reduce the unfair competition placed on good landlords by rogue landlords

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