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HMO licensing

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property which is occupied by three or more people forming two or more households, where facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms are normally shared. It may include bedsits, shared houses (students or professionals) and some self-contained flats.

All landlords who let large houses in multiple occupation need an HMO licence from the council. HMO licences are valid for five years, after which they need to be renewed.

Mandatory licensing until 1st October 2018

The current legislation requires landlords of large houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to obtain a mandatory licence from the Council. This applies to properties that have three or more storeys (floors), and five or more occupiers. If your property falls within this criteria then you have a duty to license the property.

Online HMO Mandatory Licence Application - new

Mandatory licensing is changing from the 1st October 2018

From the1st October 2018 mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing is changing. Mandatory licensing will no longer only be limited to HMOs that are three or more storeys high but will also include buildings with one or two storeys which are occupied by 5 or more people sharing an amenity. This is new legislation that will apply to landlords across the UK.

What buildings will be included?

  • Properties with five or more people who form two or more households. This includes both shared houses and bedsits where occupants share amenities. The property must be their main residence.
  • Flats that are occupied by 5 or more people who form two or more households that are within blocks of non-purpose built flats. This only applies where the block consists of more than 3 or more self-contained flats. This will include flats above and below commercial premises and flats in converted buildings.
  • A converted building which contains more than one unit of living accommodation but at least one of the units is not contained behind its entrance door. For example where someone has to cross the common stairway to access a facility such as a toilet.

Criminal Offence
Landlords of HMOs that fall under the new definition will be committing a criminal offence if they fail to apply for a licence or a temporary exemption by 01 October 2018.

Section 257
Section 257 HMOs are not included in Mandatory Licensing. A section 257 HMO is a building that has been converted into a block of flats, which are all now self-contained, which do not comply with current building regulations, and less than two-thirds of the flats are owner-occupied.

For further information call 02392 841659 or email [email protected]

Fees - new application

 
Property Details Non Rent It Right (LAS) member Rent It Right (LAS) member
Basic property with 5 occupants    
Single application £790 £730
Multiple application £700 £640
Property of 3 storeys or more with 6 to 10 occupants    
Single application £920 £860
Multiple application £835 £775
Property of 3 storeys or more with 11 to 15 occupants    
Single application £1070 £1010
Multiple application £980 £920
Property of 3 storeys or more with 16 to 20 occupants    
Single application £1230 £1170
Multiple application £1180 £1090
Property of 3 storeys or more with 20+ occupants    
Single application £1390 £1330
Multiple application £1230 £1150

 

Online HMO Mandatory Licence Application - new

Mandatory Application form - new (PDF)

Mandatory Application form - renewal (PDF)

Additional licensing -  the designation for additional licensing has now finished.

You are no longer required to have an additional licence , however you may be required to obtain a mandatory licence so please read the mandatory licence criteria above, noting that from the 1st October 2018 the criteria is changing.

Refund policy

A full refund will be given if:

  • You have made a duplicate application
  • You made an application for an exempted property by mistake

A refund will not be given if:

  • You withdraw your application at any stage
  • We refuse your application
  • We revoke (take away) your licence
  • You are subsequently refused planning permission for your HMO
  • Your property ceases to be let as an HMO during the term of the licence