House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you rent out a house in multiple occupation (HMO) which consists of three or more storey's and which is occupied by five of more people, some of whom are unrelated to each other, you will require a licence from Broxtowe Borough Council (See upcoming changes below). Once issued, a licence will apply to the premises for five years unless there is a change of licence holder, when a new application will be required.

Important. Please Note:

From 1st October 2018 all HMO's with five or more occupants forming two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys, will be subject to HMO Licencing. If you own or manage a HMO that meets the new criteria for mandatory licensing you must apply for a licence before 1st October 2018.

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Eligibility Criteria

A fee will be charged.  This will be £560 per application, reduced to £449.00 for second or further applications made at the same time.

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

In determining if a person is fit and proper for the purposes of the Act, the council must take into account:

  • Any previous convictions relating to violence, sexual offences, drugs and fraud

  • Contravention of any law relating to housing or landlord and tenant matters

  • Whether the person has been found guilty of unlawful discrimination

  • Whether the person has contravened any Approved Code of Practice

It is, however, a matter for the council to determine the relevance of these considerations (or other matters it considers to be relevant) in deciding whether or not a person is fit and proper.

Regulation Summary

Please view the Ministry of Housing: Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation webpage for further information.

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
  • any proposed manager, having control of the house, is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

A full inspection of the property will be undertaken prior to a licence being issued.

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 Broxtowe Borough Council within three months, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details to the right

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Broxtowe Borough Council in the first instance.  Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence, may, within 28 days of being notified of the refusal may appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber-Residential Property).

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Broxtowe Borough Council in the first instance.  Any applicant may appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence, within 28 days of being notified.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

You may access Broxtowe Borough Council's formal complaint procedure .

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