Mandatory HMO licensing applies across England to all HMOs that are occupied by five or more persons forming more than one household.
Previously Mandatory HMO licensing only applied to HMOs of 3 or more storeys, but from 1st October 2018, the ‘storey rule’ is no longer applied.
It is an offence to operate a House in Multiple Occupation which meets the licensable criteria without a licence. Landlords can be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court and upon conviction can face an unlimited fine.
Further guidance for landlords and managers is available in IBC’s HMO Handbook
The licence fee for a House in Multiple Occupation is from £120 per unit of accommodation. A unit of accommodation is a room that could be used as sleeping accommodation. This includes bedrooms and living or dining rooms that, without alterations, can be used as bedrooms.
As an example, if your property has six bedrooms and a lounge and dining room that can realistically be used as bedrooms, your fee will be £960, i.e. £120 x 8 rooms.
A variation is required in situations such as:
Licence holders are responsible for informing the Council that a variation is required. Failure to notify the Council of relevant changes constitutes a breach of the licence conditions.
You can apply for a HMO licence online here.
For any queries please call Private Sector Housing on the details provided on this page.