We have been informed that from the 1st of March 2023 the additional licencing scheme for HMO across Brighton and Hove will be scrapped.
Currently, if 3 or more tenants from more than 1 ‘household’ occupy a property, then the property will require a HMO licence. In this instance, a couple and a friend would not be permitted to rent a 2 bedroom flat without one.
Brighton will be reverting to standard HMO licence rules, whereby 5 or more tenants are living together as more than 1 household, or if the property is 2 or more stories, may require a HMO licence.
What does this mean for landlords?
In short, if you own a 2 or 3 bedroom property with no licence, renting it will be a lot easier. If you currently hold an additional HMO licence, you may not be required to renew it.
What does this mean for tenants?
As a tenant searching for a house or flat to rent you will have more options of who and where you can rent!
While we have had confirmation from the council, we are still awaiting the full details of the update in policy so watch this space!