Understanding HMO Licensing
To begin, HMO licensing is required for Landlords with properties that offer multiple tenants in the same dwelling.
It used to vary across the UK in both England and Wales.
Now, a HMO License is the typically the same throughout the UK.
HMO stands for “House in Multiple Occupation”.
So, a Landlord needs a HMO License for each property that requires one.
Also, if a Landlord has more than one property requiring an HMO, each property must have a license.
A HMO license is valid for a maximum of 5 years.
Check with your Council for details.
A Landlord can be fined an unlimited amount if they do not have the correct license in place before they rent a property with multiple occupation.
According to the Government website, your property is defined as a large HMO if;
- it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
- it’s at least 3 storeys high
- tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
Even if your property is smaller and rented to fewer people, you may still need a licence depending on the area.
A Landlord must make sure that;
- the house is suitable for the number of occupants (eg size and facilities)
- the manager of the house – you or an agent – is considered to be ‘fit and proper’, eg no criminal record, or breach of landlord laws or code of practice
The Landlord must also;
- send the council an updated gas safety certificate every year
- install and maintain smoke alarms
- provide safety certificates for all electrical appliances when requested
Each council may add their own conditions to the HMO License.
They will let the Landlord know when they are applying for the license.
Help with Your HMO
Metropolitan and Crown Estate Agent Ltd can help you with your HMO Licensing.
Obviously, if you choose our company to manage your property, we can assist you should you need it.
Find out more about how we can help you by calling us on 0207 538 8887.