Changing demographics within the UK has seen an increasing proportion of people choosing to live in shared households. Shared housing provides affordable accommodation for groups as diverse as students, young professionals and those looking to move to new areas for work.

As private renting expands across various parts of the UK, the National Landlords Association works to ensure that local authorities can engage with landlords providing shared housing, balance their need to regulate specifically defined houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) with ensuring that communities benefit from the housing they provide.

With recent changes in Government policy, there is an expectation that shared housing will provide homes for a more diverse young adult group. We will be working with national and local government to ensure areas develop effective strategies to encourage decent, professionally managed shared housing that meets community needs.

Background In April 2010 the Government introduced legislation that changed the planning law, and created a new Use Class of ‘C4’ or House in Multiple Occupation (before April 2010 small HMOs fell…
Licensing of HMOs with more than five tenants over three floors on a mandatory basis was introduced under the Housing Act 2004 and came into force on 6 April 2006. Local licensing regimes should…
The original legislation on additional and selective licensing required local authorities to justify to the Secretary of State the need for any new scheme. However, the recent Statutory Instrument…
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