On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
A house in multiple occupancy (HMO) is where:
To safeguard the health, safety and well-being of residents within West Suffolk who live in houses in multiple occupation we ensure the application and maintenance of standards in these properties.
The law relating to shared houses or houses in multiple occupation has changed. From 1 October 2018, landlords of most houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) that house five or more people and not a single household will need to have applied for an HMO licence. We are now accepting licence applications for any properties that meets the new requirement.
A landlord who fails to apply for a licence by that date will be committing a criminal offence.
Properties already licensed with the local council will be transferred into the new mandatory licensing and will not need to take further action.
Applications need to be made before the new rules come in on 1 October 2018. Landlords should start reviewing their properties now in preparation for the changes.
West Suffolk councils are putting systems in place to enable formal applications to be made as soon as possible once the Government makes the final orders and publishes its official guidance. Keep a look out for our updates and notifications that applications can be made.