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If you are a landlord and you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you may need a HMO licence. A HMO is a building or a part of a building (such as a flat) that is occupied by more than two persons living as more than one household.
Not all HMOs need to be licensed – see frequently asked questions below.
To apply for a new HMO Licence, or to renew an existing HMO Licence, please complete our application form and the relevant 'How much do I pay?' table, attached below. A full list of FAQs, as well as helpful leaflets and links, can also be found further down this page.
Applications to renew an existing HMO licence should be submitted two months before the existing licence expires.
To protect tenants in HMOs from poor conditions, the government regulates:
- the quality of the accommodation
- that you or your representatives are suitable to manage a HMO
- that you do not have too many people living in your HMO
- that HMOs considered high-risk are monitored.
The HMO licensing team deals with all aspects of HMO licensing such as:
- helping you through the application process
- assisting with any events after your licence is issued, for example if you wish to vary the terms and conditions of the licence to increase the permitted number of tenants, or to change the people names on the original application
- helping you to renew your licence when the old one is due to expire.
You can find full details about licensing, relicensing and fees, as well as a wealth of helpful advice below. For further information, visit the central government HMO licensing page.
You can also apply online at the Business Link website.
Our licensing fees were updated in April 2013, see the attachment below.
View a list of all HMO licences granted by Birmingham City Council, including those applied for or under appeal.
Please get in touch if you have any queries - HMO Licensing Team, 0121 303 4009.
Please note, that if you are changing the use of a property into a house in multiple occupation you are strongly advised to consult the planning department before applying for a HMO licence. If planning permission is unlikely to be approved, a HMO licence will have no bearing on the matter, should the planning department consider it necessary to pursue formal action. More information can be obtained by visiting www.birmingham.gov.uk/planning.
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Birmingham City Council is consulting on proposals to extend the licensing of privately rented homes, including Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). To find out more and give your views, please read the Cabinet Member report attached below and visit www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/place/initial-consultation-hmo-licensing.
- Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
- National Approved Letting Scheme
- Department for Communities and Local Government
- Residential Landlords Association
- National Landlords Association
- LACORS (Local Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services)
- Gas Safety Advice - Health and Safety Executive
- Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme
- Trustmark – Helps you find reliable, trustworthy tradesmen
- Health and Housing Rating System
- Housing Act 2004
- Home Stamp
- Homestamp fire and security protection standards
- Gas Safe Register
- Public Register of HMO Licences
- Private Housing: Landlord Advice
- Landlords – tackling antisocial behaviour
- Let to Birmingham
- Private Housing Enforcement Policy
- Energy Efficiency Advice and Assessment
- Private Housing: Tenant Advice
- Report an Empty Property
- Housing Benefit - New Claim
- Building consultancy
- Planning Applications