New government legislation to protect tenants from poor living conditions has come into effect this month and has been welcomed by Northfield Fire Station Commander. 

From Monday 1st October, any landlord who lets a property to 5 or more people – from 2 or more separate households – must be licensed by their local housing authority.

The move protects tenants of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and will give councils more scope to take action on the small minority of landlords renting out sub-standard and overcrowded homes.

New minimum bedroom size rules will help prevent overcrowding and problems with rubbish will be reduced as landlords now must adhere to council refuse schemes.

Sharing the news on Twitter, Northfield Station Commander Lee Baker said the new legislation was ‘overdue but welcomed’.

He said: “This will support appropriate and safer accommodation for students and some of our most vulnerable communities.

“We attend to many sub-standard properties where we have limited scope, this will assist West Midlands Fire Service & partners.”

When the legislation was passed in June, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said: “Everyone deserves a decent and safe place to live. […] new guidance for landlords will further protect private renters against bad and overcrowded conditions and poor management practice.”

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