Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing
Larger HMOs of 3 storeys or more and with 5 or more occupants need to be licensed. The landlord should make an application to us. Failure to operate this type of HMO without a licence is an offence, which can result in prosecution and a hefty fine.
We inspect the HMO to ensure that it is of an acceptable standard regarding:
- fire precautions
- state of repair
- gas and electrical safety
It is then then risk rated.
Additionally, checks are made to ensure that the proposed licensee is a fit with the proper person.
We then grant a licence for a set number of persons and / or households to occupy the premises. There may be other conditions attached.
The licence granted lasts for 5 years.
The licence cost can be found here:
Schedule of fees and charges - for Social Care, Health and Housing (Annual accounts and financial information)