Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)—applying for a licence
Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)—applying for a licence

The following Local Government practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)—applying for a licence
  • Licence application
  • Information required when applying for a licence
  • Relevant persons
  • The licence holder
  • Fit and proper person
  • Licensing procedure
  • Granting a licence
  • Grant of licence with modifications
  • Refusal of licence
  • More...

HMO licensing is the responsibility of the LHA of the area in which the HMO is located. Licensing is either mandatory under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 (HA 2004) or imposed on an area by the LHA due to concerns about the quality of private rental accommodation under HA 2004, Part 3 selective licensing which applies to all private rental accommodation not just HMOs. See Practice Notes: Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)—mandatory licensing and Q&A: What is the selective licensing regime and how does it operate?

Licence application

Information required when applying for a licence

Application forms for licences under HA 2004, Part 2 (mandatory licensing) or Part 3 (selective licensing) must contain the following prescribed information:

  1. the contact details (including email address) for each of:

    1. the applicant

    2. the proposed licence holder

    3. the person managing the HMO

    4. the person having control of the HMO, and

    5. any person who has agreed to be bound by a condition contained in the licence if granted

  2. the address of the HMO or house to be licensed

  3. the approximate age of construction of the property

  4. the type of HMO or house that the licence relates to ie, house or flat in single occupation, house or flat in multiple occupation, a house converted into self contained flats and nothing else, purpose built block of flats

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