Applying for an HMO licence

Landlords who rent out more than one HMO will need a separate licence for each property. This includes a building where there are a number of self-contained flats.

Renting out a licensable HMO without a licence can mean:

  • a civil penalty or fine of up to £30,000 for every breach, or
  • a criminal prosecution

Before we give you an HMO licence, we must be satisfied that:

  • you are the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • you are a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold a licence
  • the property is properly managed
  • the HMO can or will be able to meet our minimum standards

What is a ‘fit and proper’ person?

When we consider a licence application, we look at:

  • any convictions – particularly for violence, sexual offences, drugs or fraud
  • whether the proposed licence holder has ever broken any landlord and tenant laws
  • whether the applicant has convictions for unlawful discrimination

Apply for an HMO licence.

Page last updated: 29 March 2023

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