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Staff accommodation owners may need licence


Owners of staff accommodation on the Isles of Scilly could have to license their properties when new rules come into force in October.

The Government has made significant changes to the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), with more properties now subject to mandatory licensing.

This currently applies only to HMOs of at least three storeys and five occupants comprising two or more family units. The new Order removes the “three storey rule”.

The Council explained on its website: "Owners who rent a property to five individuals who are not one family and share facilities like bathrooms, toilets and kitchens will most likely need to have a licence from the Local Authority under the new rules. You must apply for a license by 1 October 2018. Failure to license a property could lead to an unlimited fine upon prosecution. Alternatively, a civil penalty can be issued of up to £30,000.

The Environmental Health team is already guiding several local businesses with premises to ensure they are legally compliant. Anyone whose premises falls within the scope of the new Order is asked to contact them at environmentalhealth@scilly.gov.uk or on 0345 1234 105 for advice.

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