Call for action – new rules for houses in multiple occupation
- 7th November 2018
- Landlord Property News
ludlowthompson offer all-embracing HMO licencing service for landlords
It is estimated that approximately 160,000 properties are affected by the new change in definition for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) rules which came into force on 1st October. For landlords, having an estate agent such as ludlowthompson to guide you through the new rules is key.
There is a range of minimum standards for landlords to be aware of, from minimum bedroom sizes to layout. For example, if previously you were renting a property to five or more tenants you only needed to get an HMO licence if the property had three or more floors. But under the new rules, any properties that have five or more people have to have an HMO licence.
Given the high concentration of HMO properties in London boroughs, the recent changes have resulted in a sharp uptick in licensing applications, which can be costly and time consuming.
This is where ludlowthompson adds value as all fully managed landlords have access to the firm’s extensive expertise of licensing developments across local London boroughs. As part of the service, ludlowthompson submits licensing applications for landlords and organises all the necessary documents; including: gas safety certification, EPC and electrical testing, Fire Risk assessments and floor plans.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman of ludlowthompson, says: “With a track record of 25 years, we have worked through all the legislation and licensing changes the capital has seen and our landlords can tap into this experience.”
“With our commitment to maximum performance, communication and trust we are always on hand to answer any questions or address any concerns our landlords may have whilst working to ensure they achieve the highest returns available.”
Here is a selection of recent reviews of happy customers of ludlowthompson via Google reviews:
Vicki Cobine on Google Reviews
“We let our property via Daniela Gomes in a very short space of time. Daniela supported us throughout the process (which involved applying for an HMO licence) and answered our calls & emails at all times (including Bank holiday weekends/after hours). Daniela is extremely professional and helpful. The level of service she provided was well above and beyond my expectations.”
Graham Crosby on Google Reviews
“Stephen, Hannah and Lee in the management team have a done a great job in finding 2 sets of tenants for my flat in the last 3 years. They are responsive, hardworking and professional and best of all I have virtually no voids in that period. They take a lot of stress out of the process and I couldn't recommend their Lettings team more highly. Thanks to a great job done.”
ludlowthompson maintains its transparency by encouraging customer reviews across a number of platforms. Over a three-year period we were ranked as the number 1 agent in the UK on allAgents.co.uk out of 15,000+ agents, with 5200+ 5* reviews, and we are also linked with Feefo - independent review company and global Google Partner - giving the customer another place to search for independent reviews of ludlowthompson and the individuals that work here.
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