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Canterbury Property News! HMO Licence to change for 5 bedroom properties from 1st April 2018

Canterbury Property News! HMO Licence to change for 5 bedroom properties from 1st April 2018



A recent update from Canterbury City Council during a recent local National Landlord Association meeting has informed us that the HMO Licence scheme will be changing from the 1st April 2018.


A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property let to at least three tenants who form two or more 'households' and who share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen. You can contact the William Pitt Real Estate team for more information.

A household can be:

-relatives including grandparents, siblings and stepchildren

-couples including civil partnerships and same-sex relationships

-a single person living alone


Currently you will need a Licence if you're renting out a large HMO, if all of the following apply:


HMOs can include a shared house, self-contained flats or bed and breakfast accommodation.

-it's rented to five or more people

-it is at least three storeys high

-tenants live in two or more households

-tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities


From the 1st April 2018, the council will be implementing new legislation that will change the definition of an HMO Licence


This is where the market is going to change from 1st April 2018……


Any house regardless of storeys OR any converted flat in a converted building

-That’s rented to five or more people

-tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

-tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities



A grace period of 6 months will apply from the 1st April 2018 and from 1st May 2018 applications can be made at


Landlords will be required to do the following to ensure they can let their property from this summer.

-Apply for an HMO Licence via an application form, completing the documentation required and supplying support information

-Ensuring all rooms sizes meet the new national room size requirement of 70 sq. ft.

-Pay the Licence application fee (soon to be released on 1st April 2018)


After we have further information provided by the council on the 1st April 2018, we will pass this on.


Robert Brady

Sales and Lettings Director

01227 812864


Too bad a house doesn't come with an owner's manual. And a week-long seminar where you learn what every button, switch, and wire is for. Alas, the keys to the castle come with no troubleshooting guide to dog-ear—and, we're betting, no wise master to unlock the mysteries of the place you call home.

Then again, that's what we're here for: to provide fast fix-it advice when it's time for you to do your homeowning duty. Because at some point, you're going to have to know how to change out a light fixture without zapping yourself to kingdom come. Or paint a double-hung without gumming up the works. Or stem the flood when the toilet overflows. And you're going to want to do things right. The first time.

So consider these 47 tips a crash course in homeowner self-confidence. And study them well. 'Cause owning

a house means you're going to have questions. Lucky for you, we've got some answers.

1. Fix a leaky faucet

This particular type of water torture is likely due to a failed washer inside a handle. The faucet is just the messenger.

To replace the washer, turn off the water supply valve under the sink. Stuff a rag in the drain so you don't lose parts, then take the handle apart. Pop the screw cover on top, remove the screw, and pull off the handle. Use a wrench to disassemble the stem, and line the parts up on the counter in the order they came off, so you know how it goes back together. Examine rubber parts or plastic cartridges for cracks, and take the offending piece to the hardware store for an exact replacement. Reassemble the parts you've laid out, in reverse. Then revel in the ensuing peace and quiet.

Faucet Diagrams

2. Move a refrigerator by yourself

Clarence Yuzik, aka The Fridge Doctor, has two words for you: Magic Sliders. Put these little plastic disks under the fridge's front feet (you can lever them off the floor with a long pry bar), then pull. Most refrigerators have wheels in the back, so the whole unit should

glide forward effortlessly.

3. Dig a hole

A stomp on a pointed shovel, that's easy—and so's electrocuting yourself when you slice into a buried power line. Which is why, says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook, any prospective hole-maker should first visit to find the agency in his or her area that keeps track of underground utilities. It'll send someone out to your place, mark any lines you have, and save you from getting buried yourself.

4. Locate a stud

Say you want to hang a shelf. Knuckling the wallboard can pinpoint a stud. But to better the odds when your electronic stud finder's gone missing, use deductive reasoning. Most studs are placed at 16-inch intervals, so once you know where one is, you can usually find the rest.

Start at a corner, where there's always a stud. Or take the cover plate off an electrical outlet and find out on which side it's mounted to the stud. From there, measure 16, 32, 48 inches, and you should hit a stud at each go. Eliminate all guesswork by using a thin bit to drill a test hole at the top of the base molding, which you can easily repair with a dab of caulk.

Simple Stud Finder

5. Deal with a seized lock

Hit the 7-Eleven before you call that $100-a-visit locksmith. Some WD-40 sprayed into the keyhole will lube the mechanism quickly. If that doesn't do it, you may have a broken spring or tumbler—and need that pro after all. If so, keep the new lock from locking up by giving it a yearly spritz of long-lasting Teflon spray.

6. Check for termites

Despite your worst nightmares, you won't hear a distinct munching sound. And these guys don't hide

in plain sight, so you need to scout out places where wood framing is exposed, like crawl spaces. Inspect them for raised, branchlike tubes that, when broken open, reveal cream-colored or yellowish insects. Also, check where siding meets the foundation for salt-size droppings or tiny clumps of dirt next to pinholes. If you spot even one, you need a licensed and bonded exterminator to squash those tunneling bugs.

7. Unclog a sink

"Chemicals rarely clear a stoppage—they only make a small hole," says a plumber in Carrum Downs, VIC. "A full stoppage requires mechanical clearing."

Remove the stopper and block off overflow holes. With water in the bowl—the water puts more pressure on the clog—plunge with a flat-faced plunger. If that's not enough, get under the sink and take off the trap to see if that's where the clog is lodged. If the blockage is deeper, rent yourself a hand snake. Slowly push the coil down the drain, carefully twisting, pulling, and pushing when you hit the blockage. If the snake fails, then the still waters truly run deep. Call a drain-clearing service to get things flowing.

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