HMO standards – Housing Act 2004
The Housing Act 2004, which came into force on 6 April 2006, has had a significant impact on the private rented sector (PRS) and most notably, Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Powers and changes contained within the Housing Act 2004 include:
- The replacement of the ‘fitness standard’ with the Housing, Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS) (Part 1, Housing Act 2004).
- The change in the definition of an HMO (Section 254, Housing Act 2004).
- The introduction of Mandatory HMO Licensing (Part 2, Housing Act 2004).