New licensing rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) will come into effect on 1st October 2018.
Currently, a HMO must be licensed if it has three or more storeys and is occupied by five or more tenants. The Government is extending the scope to include HMOs that are occupied by five or more people - regardless of the number of storeys. This includes any HMO which is a building or a converted flat where householders share basic amenities such as a toilet, personal washing facilities or cooking facilities. Purpose built flats in small blocks and properties above commercial buildings (such as shops or restaurants) must also be licensed.
Failure to licence an HMO is an offence that carries an unlimited fine.
For help, or further information on the application process, HMO licence fees, or any other query relating to HMOs, please contact our Environmental Health Team on 023 9244 6670 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org