An HMO Licence allows you to rent your property to multiple-occupants. Certification from your Local Council that you are a fit and proper person, and that the property fit.
Landlords can be prosecuted by their local authority for not obtaining an HMO Licence. Though not all properties need an HMO Licence
You should always check with your council if you need an HMO Licence. It should not be avoided with fines up to 12 months of rent.
See also the Governments on HMO Licenceing.
The Fire Regulations for HMO's and single-lets are not dissimilar. The difference is an HMO can be considered higher risk. We will set out some guidance but your local fire department can provide the best advice.
An HMO licence is valid for a maximum of five years.
You and your property from the outset (and renewal) will be checked against a set of conditions. In addition to random checks or those when tenants complain. We have set out some of the conditions, check your HMO Licence and confirm with your Local Authority for more details.
There are two types of HMO Licences: National Licensing and Selective Licensing. Neither should be confused with HMO Planning Permission.
Selective HMO Licensing is where a council selects an area of the city. Properties in this area will have to obtain a licence from the council. Each council differs, so check with yours.
National Mandatory HMO Licensing is much more simple. You will be required to have an HMO Licence if the property is rented out by 5 or more people.
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