Regulations are to be introduced to improve standards in flat and houses in multiple occupations.
HMOs are currently illegal but this hasn’t stopped number of old hotels and guest houses from offering low quality unregulated accommodation, where facilities are limited and shared by unrelated people, including families.
Some more vulnerable residents may have little choice to do live in such accommodation.
Now under plans drawn up by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture such properties are to be made legal but will be required to registered with the local authority.
The aim of the proposed regulation is to ensure everyone has a reasonable home in which to live.
DEFA Minister Phil Gawne said: ‘Everybody should expect to have somewhere decent to live and our proposed regulations should help us to achieve this goal and to offer fundamental protection to the public.
Amendments to the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011, to be laid before Tynwald last his year, will provide powers to DEFA to make HMOs legal and to introduce regulations which will state standards for amenity, facilities, and occupancy levels with a view to creating decent accommodation.
The Act will also update regulations relating to flats. It will be down to local authorities to enforce the regulations.
Draft proposals were the subject of extensive consultation completed in May. All local authorities were consulted although not all responded.