Apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence
If you have a HMO that will require licensing for the first time (new), or an existing HMO Licence that is set to be expire in 2020, this will lead to the requirement for an application to be submitted in the coming weeks/months. In anticipation of potential office closures, or other disruption to services, our advice is that you submit applications early so that it is received at this time. Please use the usual links on this page (apply for a new HMO licence or renew an existing HMO licence) to make your application. The early application will not lose you time as they will run from the date the property becomes licensable or, in the case of renewals, concurrently from the expiration of the previous licence. What this step would ensure is that an application is with the Local Authority, and awaiting determination, so that each property would be exempt from enforcement during that period.
To reduce sharing problems and to ensure multiple occupancy homes are of a decent standard, landlords need a licence for a large House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
GOV.UK provide a useful 'Licensing House in Multiple Occupation guide' for landlords and managers.
Initial licensing fees
This applies when:
- the property hasn't been previously licensed as a HMO
- the property was previously licensed, but the licence holder has changed since the previous licence was approved
Costs are as follows:
- Standard fee - £900
The following fees only apply where the application is completed and submitted within six weeks of the property becoming licensable. If you are applying after this time you will be required to make payment at the standard rate
- Where the proposed licence holder is not accreddited and has not passed the Landlord Proficiency Test - £800
- Where the proposed licence holder is not accreddited, but has passed the Landlord Proficiency Test - £750
- Where the proposed licence holder is accreddited - £650
This applies when:
- the property has been previously licensed as an HMO
- the licence is due to expire or has recently expired
- the proposed licence holder is the same person, or body, named as licence holder on the licence to be replaced
Costs are as follows:
- Standard fee - £850
The following fees only apply if the renewal application is completed and submitted in advance of the previous licence expiring. If you submit your renewal application after the expiry of the current licence you will be required to make payment at the standard fee.
- Where the proposed licence holder is not accreddited and has not passed the Landlord Proficiency Test - £750
- Where the proposed licence holder is not accreddited, but has passed the Landlord Proficiency Test - £700
- Where the proposed licence holder is accreddited - £600
How to pay
As part of the submission of your completed online application, the fee will be calculated and you will be asked to make payment by card. If you have any queries please contact Community Connections on 01752 398500 to discuss alternatives.
Once the licence has been issued you must:
- follow management and housing standards
- ensure the property provides safe and healthy housing conditions
- ensure involved in the management remain suitable for their roles
- let us know if the manager changes (we may need to vary the licence)
- let us know if the licence holder changes (the new licence holder will need to apply)
- let us know if the owner changes (the purchaser will need to apply)
If you operate a property without a licence (when one is required) the following can apply:
- Prosecution with the potential for an unlimited fine
- Loss of rent
- Management orders
- A civil penalty of up to £30,000
- Entry on the Rogue Landlord Database
- A Banning Order
Timescales and tacit consent
We will process your application within 12 months from the date that you submit your completed satisfactory application. When justified by the complexity of the issue, this period may be extended by us once.
In the event of a failure to process the application within the period set or extended, deemed consent does not apply and you must not assume that your licence has been granted, as Plymouth City Council consider that it is in the public interest for health and safety reasons for us to process applications before a HMO licence is granted.
We are currently processing applications within 3 months. If you have not received your licence decision with this timescale please contact us to check on your application.
It is the Licence Holder’s responsibility to ensure that the property, for which a HMO licence application has been submitted, has the correct planning permissions in place for use as a HMO. If you are in doubt, please contact our Planning department on 01752 304366 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it is found that the property does not have the correct planning permissions in place, when deciding whether to grant a licence, we may look to issue a licence with a shorter licence period. We would expect the licence holder to make application to obtain the relevant permissions and notify this department.
You need to attach the following with your completed application form:
- A periodic inspection report of the electrical wiring installation (less than five years old), even if it identifies faults
- A test report on any electrical appliances you provide (unless these are less than 12 months old)
- A gas safety certificate in respect of the gas installation and landlord's gas fittings where these are provided (no older than 12 months)
- Where there's a grade A or grade A plus D fire alarm system, an inspection certificate (no older than 12 months)
- Where there's emergency lighting an inspection certificate (no older than 12 months)
- A plan of the property, this doesn't need to be architectural quality or to scale but should show the layout and proportions of the property (see guidance below)
Property plan guidance [PDF, 153KB]
Certificates must be current and the inspections carried out by competent persons. They must be original (not photocopies), although we'll accept scanned originals as PDF files.
If you're unable to complete an online application please contact Community Connections on 01752 398500 to discuss alternatives.
Apply for a temporary exemption from HMO licensing [PDF, 132KB]
Privacy Notice - HMO licensing [PDF, 124KB]