Landlords Deadline


Landlords reminded not to miss October 2018 deadline

Landlords reminded not to miss October 2018 deadline

Gloucester City Council is reminding landlords that due to a change in the law they may have to apply for a licence for their property.

Following changes to legislation landlords or managers of a rental property, that is let to five or more people not of the same family, will need to have obtained a licence before October 1 2018.

Landlords that do not meet the deadline risk receiving a fine.

The change in the law recognises that multi-occupied accommodation has higher associated risks and needs to have fire safety procedures and precautions in place.

Currently properties that house three people and above that are not of the same family are classed as properties of multiple occupation.

Landlords or managers with properties that fit into this category are also advised to get in contact with the council for advice on safety regulations.

Councillor Jennie Watkins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Making sure that residents have access to safe, good quality housing is a priority for the Council as it is for the vast majority of landlords.

“So we are urging landlords and managers to get in touch with us so we can help them comply with the law and protect their tenants.

“Our advice is free of charge and we will do what we can to make the transition as easy as possible but the sooner people come to us the easier it will be to make sure they meet the deadline.”

For more information contact Gloucester City Council on 01452 396396 or email the Private Rented Sector team on


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