Landlords will have to meet “important quality and safety standards” for properties containing three or more tenants when the new Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Bill comes into force.
The Bill, which passed its final stage at the Assembly on March 16, has been welcomed by Social Development Minister Lord Morrow and promises to provide better protection for tenants like students and migrant workers.
As well as introducing a new compulsory licensing regime requiring landlords to meet important quality and safety standards before a HMO is let, the scheme will also be linked to council planning departments, ensuring the concentration of HMOs is managed.
Welcoming the Bill’s approval, Minister Morrow said: “This new regulatory approach will ensure that landlords and managing agents renting out properties have a legal responsibility to the tenants to keep flats and houses safe and well maintained.”
The maximum fine for landlords failing to apply for a licence will be £20,000.