Housing in Multiple Occupation

Housing in Multiple Occupation - Licensing

The Housing Act 2004 introduced the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). It is compulsory to licence larger, higher-risk HMOs. Councils will also be able to licence other types of HMO to tackle problems in smaller properties.

What is a HMO?

HMO stands for House in Multiple Occupation, which means a building or part of a building such as a flat, that:

  • Is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares - or lacks - an amenity such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities.
  • Is occupied by more than one household and which is a converted building - but not entirely self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking).
  • Is converted self-contained flats but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations and at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.

Which HMOs will require a licence?

Not all HMOs will require a licence. A property requiring a mandatory licence must have:

  • Three or more storeys
  • Have 5 or more people in more than one household, and;
  • Share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities

The legislation does give local authorities the scope to introduce additional or selective licensing of HMOs however Harborough District Council does not intend to introduce these schemes at the present time.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications must be made to Harborough District Council.

A fee of £550 will be charged for a 5 year licence.

You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

Application Evaluation Process

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

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact Harborough District Council directly.

To Apply

Please complete the application form and return it to the council

HMO License Application Form.doc

To vary a current license please complete the application form and return it to the council

HMO License [Variation Of] Application Form.doc

Failed Application Redress.

Please contact Harborough District Council in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority 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.

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.

Further information

Additional information and guidance on licensing of Houses of Multiple Occupation and other landlord responsibilites and duties is available from Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) East Midlands