Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) helps to improve neighbourhoods and shared housing and bedsits for private tenants.  We are happy to assist you as much as possible and we are always keen to build strong relationships with landlords, agents and property owners. 

Frequently asked questions about the HMO licensing changes that come into force this year (2018)

Due to the various changes that are due to happen in regard to HMO licensing this year we are receiving a lot of queries, which we hope to address on this page.  Please read the following scenarios below and see which one applies to you.

  • If your property is 3 or more storeys and occupied by 5 or more tenants then you should apply for a HMO licence under the mandatory licensing scheme, a month before your tenants move in or apply to renew your licence approximately one month before your current licence expires. 

  • If you have a licence under the additional licensing scheme (your HMO reference which you can find at the bottom of your licence, will end in HMOADD eg 14/00123/HMOADD) which has 5 or more occupants, then it will automatically migrate to the Mandatory licensing scheme and you should apply to renew your licence approximately one month before the current licence expires i.e 31 November 2018.

  • For properties with an Additional licence which are occupied by 3 or 4 tenants, it is currently unknown whether you will need to renew your licence.  The Additional HMO Licensing consultation is open until 25 May 2018, with a decision to made by Cabinet in September 2018.  Once a decision has been made, we will update this page to advise you as to whether your licence needs to be renewed.

  • If you are renting out an HMO to 5 or more occupants, that is less than 3 storeys, that currently falls outside the Mandatory licensing scheme, then your property will require a HMO licence from the 1 October 2018. You should submit your application from the 1 August 2018. 

Please note that we are currently working on an online application, which we hope to go live in July this year.  Part of the new application process is a requirement for floor plans to be submitted with new applications (not renewals) an example of which is here.  All proposed licence holders and managing agents may be required to submit a DBS check when an application is submitted (new and renewals), but no decision will be made until the results of the Additional HMO Licensing consultation has been decided.

Apply and pay for an HMO Licence

Which HMOs need a licence?

Public Register of licensed HMOs

HMO standards and guidance

Essential documents for licensed HMOs

Changes to my licensed HMO

HMO licensing penalties and sanctions

How licensing helps improve homes and neighbourhoods

Report an unlicensed HMO

Will licensing stop properties being used as HMOs? 

Consultation Report on Additional HMO Licensing 2018

Buying a licensable HMO

Guidance - conditions for recycling, rubbish and gardens

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