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.
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?
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 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|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 6 to 10 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 11 to 15 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 16 to 20 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 20+ occupants|
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.
A full refund will be given if:
A refund will not be given if: