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Apply for a HMO licence

HMOs that are occupied by five or more people, forming two or more households, regardless of the number of floors in the property, require a licence.

Exemptions will apply where the property is a purpose built flat situated in a block comprising three or more self-contained flats.

For further information on HMO licensing, read the documents below:

HMO Licence Fee Review

From September 1, 2019, HMO Licensing Fees will be changing.

A fee is charged for each individual HMO that is required to be licensed under the Housing Act 2004.

A review of Charnwood Borough Council’s fee structure has been undertaken to ensure that it represents the cost to the Council of the HMO licensing process. The review included the separation of the HMO licence fee into 2 identifiable elements in light of R (Gaskin) v LB Richmond Upon Thames (2018).

First Payment

The first element of the licence fee is for the assessment and processing of the application to the point of issuing the decision and, where applicable, the proposed licence. The first element of the fee must be paid at the time of the HMO licence application submission.

Second Payment

The second element of the HMO licence fee is for the property compliance inspection, management assessment and associated communications. The second element of the fee will only be applicable in respect of applications where a decision is reached to grant the licence and a draft licence is issued.

The request for payment of the second element of the licence fee will be issued with the draft licence and the fee must be paid within the timescales specified.

DASH Accredited licence

A reduced Basic HMO Licence Application fee is offered to proposed licence holders who are DASH accredited.

HMO licence application fees

The table below details the breakdown of the HMO licence fees from September 1, 2019:

Application Type

First Payment

Second Payment

Total Fee

Basic Licence  Application Fee

£395

£305

£700

Re-licence application (where the application is received by the Council prior to expiry of the existing licence)

£395

£220

£615

Fees for DASH Accredited Licence Holders

Basic Licence Application Fee where the proposed  Licence Holder is DASH Accredited

£395

£220

£615

Re-licence application

£395

£220

£615

Additional Fees (applied to all applications)

Extra Bedroom Fee (fee per additional bedrooms over 6 bedrooms)

Not Applicable

+ £10 per additional room

+ £10 per additional room

Please note that in the case of a re-licence application, the duration of the licence will never be more than a period of five years from the expiry date of the previous licence. Re-licence applications can be submitted up to two months prior to the expiry date of the existing licence.

Applications submitted without payment of the requisite fee will be treated as incomplete and cannot be processed.

Please pay online via our webpage - and click on 'Pay sundry invoices online', 'Housing Standards', 'HMO Licence Fee'. Alternatively, please send a cheque with your application.

*DASH is a joint-working initiative with Local Authorities, property owners, landlords and tenants, aiming to improve housing conditions in the private sector.  For more information please visit www.dashservices.org.uk

Apply for a HMO Licence

To apply for a HMO Licence please complete and return the relevant downloadable form found below: 

If you are currently operating a licensable HMO and you need to re-licence the property you must submit a re-licence application form before the current licence expires. Re-licence applications can be submitted up to 2 months prior to the expiry date of the existing licence.

If you no longer own the property or control a licensable HMO, or if your property is no longer licensable, please contact us explaining the reasons why this is the case: Tel: 01509 634 651 or email: private.housing@charnwood.gov.uk

Apply to re-licence a HMO

If you are currently operating a licensable HMO and you need to re-licence the property you must submit a re-licence application form before the current licence expires.

For each property, you must complete and submit: 

If you no longer own the property or control a licensable HMO, or if your property is no longer licensable, please contact us explaining the reasons why this is the case: Tel: 01509 634 651 or email: private.housing@charnwood.gov.uk

How long does it take to get a licence?

Applications are normally processed within 130 working days providing you have included all of the relevant information we require. There is a checklist on the application form of what you need to provide. Incomplete applications will not be processed until we have all of the required documents.

Public register of all licensed HMOs in the borough

The Housing of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence register shows if a landlord has been issued with a HMO licence for his or her property and the expiry date of the licence. New licence applications will not appear on the register until they have been processed and issued.

Offences and penalties in relation to licensing of HMOs

Under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004 a person commits an offence if they are a person having control of or managing an unlicensed licensable HMO and are liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine, or as an alternative to prosecution to a civil penalty of up to £30,000.

A person also commits an offence under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004 if they knowingly permit more households or persons to occupy a licensable HMO than is authorised by their HMO Licence.

Under Section 73 of the Housing Act 2004 tenants and Local Authorities may seek a refund of rent, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit paid during the period in which the property was being operated as an unlicensed licensable HMO via a Rent Repayment Order.

No offence is committed by a person who has an outstanding duly made application either for a HMO licence, for a temporary exemption or where an interim or final management order is in force.

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