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Living in an unlicensed HMO, report after we move out or before?

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Currently we are 6 people living in a three story house in London, and recently have become convinced that it does not have a HMO licence.

We are due to move out shortly, (within the next few weeks), is it better to report them to the council prior to moving out or after?

I’m hesitant to report them before since it could potentailly cause issues with the landlord/agent being pernickity with the deposit, but if we report them afterwards, will the council be able to get all the required evidence to prosecute? Additionally, if we were to report them afterwards, would we forego our opportunity to claim rent back as stipulated in HMO laws.

(Note I don’t think I should live rent free, but I think that we should have some compenation for living in a borderline death trap, and also that the law is the law and should be followed.)

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I would personally make sure that I can move out peacefully and receive my full deposit back first and look into any compensation second. 

The choice is yours, but you’re potentially setting yourself for a big dispute and a huge hassle as startled landlords tend to become very nasty, especially those that don’t have much regard for the rule in the first place. 

Make sure to collect as much evidence as you can while you’re still living in the property and then pass that on to the local council. 

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