Guidance for completing your HMO application

The person who should apply for an HMO licence is usually the proposed licence holder. This is typically the person who is in control of the property and the person who receives the rent. This could be the owner or landlord, however it could also be a manager employed by the owner.

Cost of an HMO licence

HMO licenses must be paid at the time the application is made. If you are a member of a recognised landlord's association, accreditation scheme or relevant professional body, the application fee is reduced. List of fees and payment methods

Please use our example drawing to help complete your application.

What happens next?

You will be sent an acknowledgement letter and you will be contacted by an officer to arrange an inspection of the property before the licence can be granted. In certain circumstances we can issue a licence prior to the inspection. The officer will determine if any improvement works are necessary, which might include the provision of additional bathrooms or kitchens, fire safety improvements such as provision of fire doors and fire alarms, or other works to improve the condition and use of the property.

A licence will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the licence holder is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • any proposed manager is a fit and proper person
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

The council has adopted an HMO Licensing Policy which sets out the criteria that the council will consider when deciding if a person is fit and proper, if adequate management arrangements are in place, and the duration of the licence. The policy also states that we will consider the planning status and wider neighbourhood issues.

Download and view the licensing policy

We will consult with all interested parties and consider any representations before we make a final decision, and we will aim to make our decision within 20 weeks

Licence conditions

The licence conditions will specify the maximum number of people who can occupy the HMO and conditions in respect of HMO standards and management arrangements will be attached

How long does a licence last?

The licence is usually issued for a five year period but a shorter licence may be granted if there are concerns relating to the management and physical condition of the premises or where we have found deliberate avoidance of licensing. For such properties, a one year licence will normally be issued. 

Tacit Consent

Tacit authorisation will not apply. It is in the public interest that the Council process your application before it can be granted.

Appeals against licensing decisions

If you do not agree with the license decision or the conditions of your licence, you can appeal to a First Tier Property Tribunal. You will have 28 days from the date on which the decision was made. You should write to:
First Tier Property Tribunal, 10 Alfred Place, London, WC1E 7LRTel: 0207 446 7700
Fax: 01264 785 060

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