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Warning for Castle Point landlords

Landlords and property managing agents who let houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to tenants within Castle Point may need to apply to the Authority for a license.

A license is required if the following criteria are met:

Buildings that are;

• 3 or more storeys high, or a commercial unit with at least 2 storeys above

• Shared by 5 or more people
– Forming 2 or more households and use the HMO for their main residence.

• Does not consist only of self-contained flats

• Is not owned / managed by a Housing Association, Local Authority or by Public Health Service.

There will be a 20% discount on the licensing fee to those who make an application without the Environmental Health team’s intervention before the end of March 2016.

Failure to effectively manage an HMO can adversely affect the health and safety of tenants. For more information on mandatory HMO licensing and to identify whether you have a property that needs licensing, visit www.castlepoint.gov.uk or email [email protected] castlepoint.gov.uk

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