Houses in multiple occupation licences


Some houses in multiple occupation are required to be licenced under the mandatory licensing scheme.

Do I need a licence?

If you own or manage a property you will need to apply for a licence if:

  • there are at least five or more people in the building, and
  • the occupants don't all belong to the same household or family
  • the occupants share a toilet, bathroom, kitchen or living room, or
  • there is a flat which does not have all of it's facilities (e.g. kitchen or bathroom) contained within the flat

How do I apply?

Before you apply you will need digital copies (preferably PDFs) of the:

  • tenancy agreement (actual or sample to be used)
  • electrical installation condition report
  • gas safety certificate (if applicable)
  • fire alarm test certificate
  • emergency lighting test certificate (if applicable)
  • fit and proper person form completed by the manager (if this is not yourself)
  • fit and proper person form completed by the proposed licence holder (if this is not yourself)

Apply

Who do I need to tell that I have applied for a licence?

  • the freeholder
  • any leaseholders
  • any mortgagee
  • any tenant who has a tenancy for at least three years
  • the proposed licence holder (if that is not you)
  • the proposed managing agent (if that is not you)
  • any person who has agreed to be bound by a licence condition

Cost

The application fee is £685. For accredited landlords it’s £665. We will ask for payment when you fill out your application.

Making changes

If you are planning to alter the property or the management of the house, you must apply to vary your licence to keep it up to date.

You must tell us if you:

  • change the number of people who can live in the property
  • increase/decrease the number of bedrooms
  • increase/decrease the number of facilities or amenities
  • change the manager of the property
  • change your management procedures or tenancy agreements

If you need to update your own, or the manager’s contact details, or you sell the property, please email the change to our Housing Team.

If more people are living in the house than you have told us there is a fine of up to £20,000 on summary conviction. You shouldn't consider your application successful until we have fully processed and granted your licence.

If your application fails and you want to appeal, then you need to write to us or email our Housing and Health Team.

Renewals

You need to renew every five years. You need to renew at least one month before it is due to expire.

The renewal application fee is £640. For accredited landlords it’s £620.

With the form you will need:

  • tenancy agreement (actual or sample to be used)
  • electrical installation condition report
  • gas safety certificate (if applicable)
  • fire alarm test certificate
  • emergency lighting test certificate (if applicable)
  • fit and proper person form completed by the manager (if this is not yourself)
  • fit and proper person form completed by the proposed licence holder (if this is not yourself)

Request a renewal form

Standard and regulations

There is legislation in place for people managing the property. This is to make sure that landlords and managing agents ensure that the properties are safe and well managed.

Log book

We have produced a log book in order to assist landlords of HMOs meet their legal responsibilities. If you would like to request a copy please email us.