House in multiple occupation (HMO) and mandatory or landlord licences

Apply for, vary or renew your HMO (mandatory or landlord) licence

What do I need for a HMO (also known as a mandatory or landlord) licence? 

The licence holder must be able to produce for each HMO:

  • A valid current gas safety certificate
  • Proof the electrical appliances and furniture are safe
  • Proof all smoke alarms are correctly positioned and in working order
  • For each occupier, a written statement of terms on which they occupy the property.
  • A current floor plan of the property
  • Accurate measurements for all rooms in the property.

The licence will specify the maximum number of occupants who may live in the HMO, there may also be other conditions relating to the condition of the property, or provision of amenities.

The council can refuse to licence the HMO if the property does not meet the conditions above, or the licence applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

If a licence is refused the council could issue an Interim Management Order which allows it to manage the property for up to a year. There is a right of appeal against the decision not to issue a licence, or against any conditions included in the licence.

Apply for a HMO (also known as a mandatory or landlord) licence

You can apply online for a HMO licence or download an application form and return to us.

All licences, whether under the mandatory or additional licensing scheme can be issued for up to five years.

The Council's previous Additional Licensing scheme (AHMOL) ended on 20th December 2017.   Any licences issued under this scheme will expire on the date specified on the licence except those licences with an expiry date of 20th December 2017.  Thos licences will be reissued for 5 years from the start date of the original licence.

A new AHMOL scheme has been agreed by committee members and starts on 1st March 2018 and runs for a 5 year period.

You'll need to pay a fee when applying (they cover the costs of operating the scheme). Our fees increased from 4 April 2016.

The fee depends on the type of property: 

  • one or two storey properties - the fee is £200 per room available for letting
  • three or more storey properties - the fee is £240 per room available for letting
  • property for charity use - the fee is halved.

You can get discounts if:

  • you are an accredited landlord - a current member of an approved accreditation scheme, for example UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership (UKLAP) - for a £100 discount. Valid membership details must be provided and verified to received this discount.  This is for new applications only and not renewals.
  • 50 per cent reduction on the licence fee for registered charities. 

Support Services

The Council also offers various assisted services to help you with your licence application and meeting the required fire standards in your HMO. 

  • The assisted application service includes a site visit with detailed schedule of works, help with completing the application, supporting documents and plans. This is available for £300 per property.   
  • The HMO standards service includes an annotated plan detailing works required to meet LACORS.  This is available from £120 per property.
  • We can also provide a letter confirming your property is licenced or compliant with our standards for your mortgage provider.  This is available from £100 per property.

Please contact the Residential Enforcement Team for more information. 

We also charge the following penalty fees:

  • £300 penalty fee where no application has been made and the property is then subsequently discovered by the Ccuncil.  The Council may also decide to prosecute the landlord for committing an offence under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

  • £300 penalty fee may be incurred to cover the extra resources required where a complete licence application is not provided within 28 days of initial submission.

Download an application form here.

Change (vary) your HMO licence

If you need to change or vary your HMO licence you can apply online or download an application form and return to us.  

There is no fee for a variation to your licence.  Please be aware that we may need to inspect your property prior to issuing a variation to your licence.

Please note, we cannot transfer a licence to a new licence holder.  You would need to apply to revoke your current licence and the new applicant would be required to submit a new application complete with full fee. We do not refund licensing fees.

Reasons to change your licence could be:

  • change your address / name (e.g. due to marriage / divorce)
  • change the name of your manager
  • increase or decrease the number of occupiers

Download an application form here.

Renew your HMO (mandatory or landlord) licence 

Prior to the expiry of your licence you must submit a new application with the supporting documents and fee. You can apply online or download an application form and return to us. To enable us to process your application, we would recommend submitting your application a minimum of 60 days before your current licence expires.

Any applications received after the expiry date of the previous licence, will be required to pay the “new” application fee.

The fee depends on the type of property: 

  • one or two storey properties - the fee is £160 per room available for letting
  • three or more storey properties - the fee is £200 per room available for letting

You can get a discount of 50 per cent if you are a registered charity. No other discounts apply.

Download an application form here.

Alternatively, you can apply online at the Government's website:

Please contact the Residential Enforcement Team for more information.