Mandatory HMO licensing applies across England to all HMOs of three or more storeys and occupied by five or more persons forming more than one household.
It is an offence to operate a House in Multiple Occupation which meets the licensable criteria without a licence.
Further guidance for landlords and managers is available in the Communities and Local Government's Licensing of HMOs booklet.
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 House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence online on the GOV.UK website.
If you prefer to complete a paper application, please download the below form:
When you have completed the form, please send it to the Private Sector Housing team at:
Private Sector Housing
Ipswich Borough Council
15-17 Russell Road