House in multiple occupancy (HMO) licence

If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupancy (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority. Find out more by downloading a summary of the regulation relating to this licence or using the links below:

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Who needs a licence?

The Housing Act 2004 makes licensing compulsory for houses in multiple occupation that are:

  • three or more storeys high;
  • occupied by five or more people who live as more than one household, and
  • share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities
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Who is eligible?

When applying you will need to provide fire safety risk assessment, a fit and proper person assessment, completed and endorsed by a solicitor, and a property plan.

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory
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How to apply and costs

It will cost £565 for up to five bedrooms/units and thereafter an extra £55 per bedroom/unit up to a maximum of £4,500 for a five year HMO licence. Failure to apply for a licence could result in a fixed penalty of up to £30,000.

For more information please contact Private Sector Housing on 01543 308714 or email Pollution@lichfielddc.gov.uk

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Will tacit consent apply?

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us to chase up your application.

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Can I appeal a decision?

Please contact us in the first instance. You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made. Please call 01543 308714 or email Pollution@lichfielddc.gov.uk

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Consumer complaint

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made. Please call 01543 308714 or email Pollution@lichfielddc.gov.uk

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