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Homes of multiple occupancy

HMO Licensing and Costs

From April 2006 landlords of certain HMOs have been required to obtain a licence for their property. The Housing Act 2004 introduced national mandatory licensing for HMOs of three or more stories that contain five or more tenants, with some sharing of amenities, regardless of age.

Flats in multiple occupation in council blocks on estates (leasehold flats which are rented to private tenants) do not currently require licensing but as a landlord you will be expected to comply with our HMO Standards.

As from 1 April 2013 the fee for HMO licensing has been set at £180 per letting for the first 10 lettings and £60 per letting for lettings 11 upwards.

If you already have a license that is due to expire and you are applying for a renewal the fee has been set at £120 per letting for the first 10 lettings and £40 per letting for lettings 11 upward.

A letting includes the following: a bedsit room, a bedroom in a shared house or flat, a bed in a hostel or dorm room (NB this is the only permitted in certain short stay hostel accommodation).

We offer discounts to landlords who are accredited under the London Landlords Accreditation Scheme. For more information on the scheme, visit the The following link opens in a new windowLandlords Accreditation Scheme. 

The licence will normally last for five years.

Before a licence is issued we will first need to be satisfied that the manager is a 'fit and proper person'. We will need to see that proper tenancy agreements are issued, that testing and servicing of gas installations, fire alarm systems and electrical installations has been carried out.

We will also need to ensure that the property complies to our HMO standards and that proper standards of management are being maintained. We will also carry out an inspection to identify any serious hazards under the new Housing Health and Safety Rating System. If serious hazards are found the landlord will be required to remedy them.

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