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Attention all landlords - extension of mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing is coming

At the end of February 2018, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that by 1st October 2018, landlords of most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) that house five or more people who are not a single household will need to have applied for an HMO licence.

A landlord who fails to apply for a licence by the 1st October 2018 will be committing a criminal offence.

As part of the new measures, the Government has introduced National Minimum Room Sizes for rooms used for sleeping and mandatory HMO licence conditions relating to refuse storage and disposal. A link to the Statutory Instrument can be found in Useful links.

The online licensing system is now available and can be accessed from this page: Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

In terms of documents and certification, all HMO landlords will already have and be able to scan and upload the following:

Landlords that are currently compliant with the management regulations should also have a valid five year electrical test certificate.

In terms of supplying a Basic DBS certificate dated no more than one month prior to making an HMO Licence application, if a landlord has applied to the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to 1 October 2018 but has not received the certificate, the Council will consider the application to be valid providing the DBS application date, application number and receipt of application to the Service is submitted with the HMO application.  On this basis, the Council would not recommend that a landlord holds off making their HMO Licence application online until the last minute simply because they have made, but are awaiting supply of, their DBS certificate. 

Practically, landlords seeking to licence a single HMO may be well advised to make their online application to the Disclosure and Barring Service immediately prior to making their online application for an HMO Licence.  This way the DBS certificate will always be dated after the application date.

Landlords making multiple HMO applications may wish to follow the same process and then ensure that their last application is made no more than one month after the actual issue date of the certificate.

The total application/ licence fee is £948 which may be paid in two instalments - an initial application fee of £479 and a second payment of £469 before a licence is issued.    

Landlords are reminded that no refunds will be made if their HMO application is refused for not  being a 'fit and proper person' or for other reasons.

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