No.  Licensing is about ensuring HMOs are safe and well managed and not about stopping them being used. 

Whether to grant or refuse to issue a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a decision taken by delegated officers within Housing Services.  Under the Housing Act 2004, the Local Housing Authority has no reason to refuse to grant a licence if the following criteria are met:

  • the property requires a licence;
  • a valid application form is received;
  • the house is reasonably suitable for occupation for a maximum number of households or persons;
  • the proposed licence holder is a fit and proper person and is the most appropriate person to be the licence holder, and;
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory.

An independent panel called the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS) has been set up by government to hear appeals relating to HMO Licensing.  The panel can hear appeals from the applicant or licence holder and relevant persons relating to the authorities decision to grant or refuse to grant a licence. 

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