Apply for a HMO licence or renew an existing HMO licence
If you are a landlord and you own a House in Multiple Occupation, you may need a HMO Licence. Licensing is a mandatory requirement for all HMOs that:
- Consist of three storeys or more (including basements and HMOs above shops),
- Have five or more occupiers, and
- Where some or all of the occupiers share a facility (i.e. bath, WC or kitchen).
If you can answer ‘yes’ to all three of these criteria then you DO need a licence. Please note that it is a serious offence to operate a licensable HMO without a licence - fines of up to £20,000 can be handed down on conviction.
The Council charges £525 to licence an HMO of up to six units of accommodation for five years. For larger properties, an additional fee of £25 will be charged for every additional unit of accommodation.
Licence applicants must also provide evidence of management arrangements, that they are a ‘fit and proper person’ and that the HMO is in good order.
Once complete, please return it together with the supporting information detailed on the application form.