New requirements for shared houses and bedsits
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has joined authorities across Essex to seek local people’s views on updated guidance that would regulate shared houses and bedsits.
From 1 October 2018, all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) with five or more people living as two or more households sharing facilities will legally require a licence and national minimum room sizes will apply for the first time. Councils across Essex are taking this as an opportunity to revise their “Amenity Standards for HMOs” to reflect the change of legislation and are now asking local people to give their views on the new standards. They are particularly interested in hearing the views of landlords, managing agents, tenants or anyone otherwise involved in HMOs.
What do I need to do? ·
Have Your Say – to participate in the consultation please go to https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=152104097570 - open until 19 June 2018.
Alternatively, go to www.southend.gov.uk, select “Give your view, then consultations, your voice and select “Essex HMO amenity consultation”. ·
Check the Council’s website (www.southend.gov.uk) later this year for confirmation of the adopted Standards. ·
Please give your email address at the end of the survey, if you wish to be updated.
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