As of 1 October 2018, new House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlords require a HMO licence.
We have provided detailed HMO guidance notes to help with your application and answer key questions about HMO licensing.
Apply for your (HMO) licence online
Please note that an application is not valid without the correct HMO licensing fee and the following supporting documents:
- gas safety certificate
- electrical safety certificate
- energy performance certificate
- written fire risk assessment
- portable appliance test certificate (for appliances supplied with the property)
- plan of the property showing the number of rooms, room sizes, windows and doors
You should also meet the amenity standards detailed in our HMO guidance notes.
Assistance with your HMO licence application
Our Housing Standards and Adaptations team are available to help with your application.
Our team can:
- assist with your application
- assist with basic procedural and technical enquires (for example how a decision is made or how to object and comment)
Our team cannot:
- confirm that the application will be successful - this can only be confirmed when the application has been validated and all the necessary checks completed
- advise whether the property has the relevant planning permission - you will need to contact the Planning Team
Operating without a HMO licence
It is a criminal offence to operate a HMO without a licence when required. We will consider the following in relation to unlicensed HMOs:
- formal caution
- penalty charge (up to £30,000)
- prosecution (if found guilty you could get a criminal record, unlimited fine, and be ordered to pay court costs and victim surcharge)
- Rent Repayment Order (you may have to repay up to 12 months rental income)
- other actions in accordance with our HMO Enforcement Policy
Whilst the property is unlicensed, you can’t use a Notice of Seeking Possession under Section 21 Housing Act 1988 to evict your tenants. As such, it is far better to comply at the earliest opportunity to ensure you achieve compliance.
For further information or advice regarding HMO licensing, contact the Housing Standards and Adaptations Team or complete our online enquiry form.
You can also view the HMO Licensing Policy.