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HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting agents who let out HMO properties in the city.

The events, which will be held at Moss Side Powerhouse Library on Thursday 16th May, 3–7pm, and Abraham Moss Library on Wednesday 22nd May, 2–7pm, are designed to help HMO landlords understand the new rules and changes to HMO licensing.

Since 1 October last year, those who let property to five or more unrelated people who share amenities have been required to obtain a licence in order to continue operating and comply with legislation.


It is estimated that around 160,000 properties nationwide have been affected by the new rules governing HMOs, which also affect the size of the rooms in your tenant’s property; HMOs must now have bedrooms of at least 4.64sqm for children aged ten or under, at 6.51sqm for single rooms and a minimum of 10.22sqm for two adults sharing.

Many landlords will not be affected by the minimum room rule – the idea of it is to clampdown on those landlords who are crowding too many people into small rooms, are housing illegal Immigrants and are not meeting health and safety standards.

Manchester City Council Drop-in events will be held on:

Thursday 16 May, 3–7pm Moss Side Powerhouse Library, 140 Raby Street, Moss Side, M14 4SL

Wednesday 22 May, 2–7pm Abraham Moss Library, Crescent Road, Crumpsall, M8 5UF

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