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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - licence


The legislation for licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) has changed. From 1 April 2018, if you rent out a property to five or more tenants in two or more households, you must apply for an HMO licence before 1 October 2018. The new legislation has removed the requirement for a property to have three or more storeys in order to need a licence.

The following fees (all VAT exempt) apply to this licence.

  • £650* if application submitted before occupation of the HMO
  • £900 if currently operating without a licence
  • £493 for the renewal of a HMO licence

*the fee comprises a non-refundable charge covering the administration of your application and, should your application be successful, a charge for the regulation of your licence (housing inspections, etc). Should your application be unsuccessful, we shall refund the regulation portion of the fee.

Please note, a HMO licence is valid for a maximum of five years.

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