Apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

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.

Apply for a new HMO licence

Renew an existing HMO licence

If you're unable to complete an online application please contact Community Connections on 01752 398500 to discuss alternatives.

Download Apply for a temporary exemption from HMO licensing [PDF, 132KB]

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)

Download 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.

Cost

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

or

  1. Standard fee - £900
  2. Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable - £800
  3. Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable, and the licence holder has passed the landlord proficiency test - £750
  4. Fee if the licence holder is accredited through an accreditation scheme - £650

Re-licensing fees

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

or

  1. Standard fee - £850
  2. Fee if full application is received in advance of the previous licence expiring, or within six weeks of becoming licensable - £750
  3. Fee if full application is received in advance of the previous licence expiring, or within six weeks of becoming licensable, and the licence holder has passed the landlord proficiency test - £700
  4. Fee if the licence holder is accredited through an accreditation scheme - £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.

Download Payment reference sheet [PDF, 59KB]

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

Planning permissions

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 planningconsents@plymouth.gov.uk.

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.