An investigation into the effects of the new HMO legislation

Pearce, Felicity (2007) An investigation into the effects of the new HMO legislation. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This report investigates the implications of the new HMO legislation, under The Housing Act 2004, in order to establish how successful it is in practice. The report investigates a number of hypotheses that predict that the legislation may not be as effective as government had hoped due to the complex wording and high cost of licensing and management. The study investigates the success of the legislation through surveying twenty property professionals i.e.: managing agents and property managers, the survey also includes three in depth interviews with landlords of HMOs. The report concludes by establishing that there is indeed an issue with how the HMO legislation works in practice, primarily due to the difficulty that agents and landlords are encountering in managing the stringent legislation. Criticism also came from landlords who commented that the cost of licensing an HMO is forcing some of them out of the buy to let market, while some, unscrupulous landlords are not declaring their HMOs and hence avoiding the expenditure of licensing and continuing to manage properties that are far below standard.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/436

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