Guidance for completing your HMO application

Next steps

What happens next?

You will be sent an acknowledgement letter and in due course, your application will be reviewed by an officer in the HMO Licensing Team with a view to granting or refusing the application. At this stage the officer will either determine the licence based on the information provided or arrange for an inspection of the property before a decision can be made. The officer will determine if any improvement works are necessary, which might include the provision of additional amenities such as bathrooms or kitchens, and how many people should occupy the HMO.

In the meantime, if you have not provided us with any of the following documents that are relevant to your application, please do so immediately. Failure to provide the correct documentation/information will delay the licensing process and could also lead to the refusal of your application.

  • Tenancy agreement/s
  • Management contracts
  • A sketch plan for the property. We have created a sample drawing which you can use to create your own sketch plan. Your plan of your property should show every habitable room on every floor of the house (i.e.: living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom), all the facilities and amenities in your property (i.e.: bathrooms, shower rooms, toilets, wash hand basins and sinks) and the dimensions of every room (to be specified in m2).
  • A current valid Domestic Installation Periodic Report from a competent electrician
  • A Gas Safety Record Certificate provided by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • BS5839 test reports relating to the fire detection system (if installed)
  • BS5266 test reports relating to the emergency lighting system (if installed)
  • Certification of fire protection measures
  • Building regulation completion certificate/s
  • Accredited Landlord Certificate (if a member)

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

If you have any questions, please email the Housing Enforcement team


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