Understanding Minimum Standards for Section 257 HMOs
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The Housing Act 2004 introduced licensing of private rented premises. It is compulsory to license larger, higher-risk dwellings, but local authorities are also able to license other types of rented premises, including other lower-risk HMOs and individual houses and flats, if they can establish that other avenues for tackling problems in these properties have been exhausted.
The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 place specific duties on the manager of an HMO