Landlords in Goole have been warned that a clampdown on unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) is imminent.

A national mandatory licensing scheme for some HMOs was introduced in 2006, as part of efforts to ensure that such properties are safe for tenants.

East Riding of Yorkshire council has now announced it intends to inspect more than 300 HMOs in the Goole area to ensure minimum safety standards are being met and that the homes have adequate facilities for tenants.

The campaign will also seek to identify and prosecute landlords who have not obtained the necessary licence.

Senior environmental health officer Chris Mitchell said landlords with unlicensed properties may be able to escape legal action by applying for the correct documentation immediately.

However, he warned: "We will catch up with those who choose to ignore this very important piece of legislation, which has been created to ensure that people are safe and that properties are well managed and maintained."

Under the terms of the Housing Act 2004, all privately-rented HMOs which have three or more storeys and are home to at least five people, forming more than one household should be licensed.

However, the legislation also allows for councils to introduce extended local licensing schemes for smaller HMOs.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18957956-ADNFCR

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