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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

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.

Fees - new application

 
Property Details Non Rent It Right (LAS) member Rent It Right (LAS) member
Basic property of 3 storeys 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

 

Fees - Renewal 2016

 
Property Details Non Rent It Right (LAS) member Rent It Right (LAS) member
Basic property of 3 storeys with 5 occupants    
Single application £730 £670
Multiple application £640 £580
Property of 3 storeys or more with 6 to 10 occupants    
Single application £860 £800
Multiple application £775 £715
Property of 3 storeys or more with 11 to 15 occupants    
Single application £1010 £950
Multiple application £920 £860
Property of 3 storeys or more with 16 to 20 occupants    
Single application £1170 £1110
Multiple application £1090 £1030
Property of 3 storeys or more with 20+ occupants    
Single application £1330 £1270
Multiple application £1150 £1090

 

Mandatory Application form - new (PDF)

Mandatory Application form - renewal (PDF)

 


Additional licensing

The implementation of additional licensing was agreed by cabinet members and came into effect on 26 August 2013. This means that all other houses in multiple occupation within the following postcodes are subject to additional licensing:

  • PO1
  • PO4
  • PO5

The additional licensing scheme will cover all other HMOs within this area that are not subject to mandatory licensing. This will properties within the above postcodes which house three or more occupiers forming two or more households, including shared houses, bedsits, and some flats where there is some sharing of the kitchen/bathroom. This includes houses rented by students.

The scheme also includes buildings which have been converted into flats, and are normally defined as  section 257 properties. 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.

Please note:  the only section 257 properties that will be subject to additional licensing will be converted buildings that are  wholly tenanted. Properties that do not require a licence are as follows:

  • Houses occupied by single households
  • Houses where there are up to 2 lodgers in addition to the main household
  • Households that act as host families for foreign students studying for short periods in these areas. 
  • Tenants of Housing Association or Registered Providers
  • Student accommodation operated or owned by an approved educational establishment

Fees

 
Property type Per application

Per application for properties operating on the designation date.

(designation date is 27th August 2013)

All HMO's  £430  £700
2nd and subsequent application with the same licence holder  £370  n/a
Section 257 properties  £450  £640
2nd and subsequent applications  £390  n/a
Section 257 - no common area  £100  
*Rent It Right (LAS) discount £100 per application    

 

*Rent It Right discount (LAS) is only available to those who have been with the scheme since 1st January 2013.

The application for a licence must be made by either the owner of the HMO or by the person managing the HMO, and payment in full with the application.

 

Additional Application form (PDF)