Landlords of properties with bedsits and other multiple occupancies have been warned they could be denied a licence if they fail to tackle anti-social behaviour by tenants and contribute to common repairs.
Glasgow City Council has introduced new conditions for licence holders following complaints of students leaving behind large volumes of waste when they leave properties at the end of term.
The move follows a spate of complaints from neighbours who say some landlords aren’t doing enough to control tenants’ behaviour or to pay for common repairs.
Alex Wilson, chairman of the council’s licensing and regulatory committee, said: “Indiscriminate dumping of rubbish, refusing to pull your weight with the cost of repairs, failing to get a grip with noisy or anti-social tenants – these are the issues that upset other residents.
“By creating conditions of licence that focus on the issues of concern, we are setting out very clearly the standards we expect of our HMO landlords. The conditions will help to ensure we can take a more robust approach with licence holders who do not meet expected standards.”
From March 8, landlords who let Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) must provide tenants with information leaflets on how to dispose properly of refuse and bulk materials no later than two days after the start of their rent agreement begins.
Landlords must also provide appropriate refuse facilities for general and recyclable waste in communal areas.
It remains the responsibility of tenants to dispose of waste, but landlords must ensure refuse facilities are used appropriately.
The new conditions also require landlords to act ‘reasonably’ regarding paying their share of maintenance, insurance and repairs costs of common areas in their dealings with other property owners and factors.
They’re obliged to ensure undisputed invoices, notification of their share of costs and insurance and repair costs for common areas are paid.
Common areas must be inspected regularly and, where defects are found and brought to landlords’ attention, they should pay their share of dealing with them.
Regarding rubbish, it’s the responsibility of landlords to arrange with the council or another collector to remove this, giving at least seven days’ notice. Refuse should only be left outside of properties on the day of collection.
In addition, landlords must act reasonably when dealing with neighbours and take reasonable steps to investigate complaints made in relation to their tenants or their visitors.
They should provide the council with a completed compliance certificate within 14 days of an HMO licence taking effect, confirming that all neighbours have been provided with emergency contact details of the landlord and the council’s HMO Unit.
For more information on landlords’ statutory obligations call your local Scottish Property Centre branch or visit www.scottishpropertycentre.net.
For information on applying for an HOM licence, visit https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17700