Houses in multiple occupation
Licensing of houses in multiple occupation
You will be required by law to have a licence when:
- your property is three or more storeys high AND
- has five or more people in more than one household AND
- shares amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities
You must complete and return an HMO licensing application form. The licence is valid for five years and costs £500. The licence cannot relate to more than one property and is not transferable.
We will give you a licence if we are satisfied that:
- the proposed licence holder/s are 'fit and proper' people
- the property and the tenancy are managed appropriately
- the accommodation meets all minimum standards
Landlords and/or agents who don't apply for a licence can be fined up to £20,000, and given a criminal record. They may have to repay the rent for the time the property is unlicensed.