Who should apply for a HMO license?
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.
Please visit our guidance page if you need further guidance on completing your HMO 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. 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.
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
We will consult with you and any other interested parties on whether we plan to grant or refuse a licence and on the conditions to be issued with the licence. The consultation period will be for a minimum of 14 days and will allow for the chance to ask questions, challenge our decision or make comments.
A decision to grant or refuse the licence is made, taking into account any representations received.
We will give you the notice that grants or refuses a licence, as well as a copy of the licence at the end of this consultation period. We will aim to make a decision within 12 weeks.
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 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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