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What is the time limit for prosecuting a defendant for failing to have a licence for a house in multiple occupation?

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Published on LexisPSL on 01/03/2021

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  • What is the time limit for prosecuting a defendant for failing to have a licence for a house in multiple occupation?

Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 (HA 2004) makes provision for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) to require a licence.

HA 2004, s 61 imposes the legal requirement that an HMO be licensed:

‘(1) Every HMO to which this Part applies must be licensed under this Part unless—

(a) a temporary exemption notice is in force in relation to it under section 62, or

(b) an interim or final management order is in force in relation to it under Chapter 1 of Part 4.

(2) A licence under this Part is a licence authorising occupation of the house concerned by not more than a maximum number of households or persons specified in the licence…’

HA 2004, s 72 creates various offences relating to the licensing of HMOs. One such offence is contained in HA

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