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Apply for a HMO licence

From October 1, 2018 all HMOs rented out to five or more people forming more than one ‘household’, who share facilities like the bathroom or kitchen will require a licence regardless of the number of storeys.

Effectively this means the storey requirement will be removed from the current definition.

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

What you must do

Before October 1, 2018 you must identify any HMOs that you are responsible for, which fit the above definition and submit an application form for each one. 

Additional information on applying for a HMO licence:

Apply for a HMO Licence

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

If you currently operate a licensable HMO which is due to expire soon you will need to re-licence the property by submitting a re-licensing application form before the current licence expires.  To do so please complete and return the relevant downloadable form found below.

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

HMO application fees

Below is a breakdown of the charges set by Charnwood Borough Council. You must include payment with your application. 

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.

HMO Licence Applications:

Not accredited by DASH*

Accredited by DASH*

Full Licence Fee:

£610

£500

Multiple applications

£500 per property thereafter

£390 per property thereafter

Renewal fee:

£500

£390

Multiple renewals

£390 per property thereafter

£280 per property thereafter

Please note that properties with more than six lettable rooms will be charged as above, plus £10 per additional room.

*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

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

It is an offence punishable by a fine of in excess of £20,000 if a person controlling or managing a HMO does not have the required licence.

No offence is committed by a person who has an outstanding application either for a licence or for a temporary exemption.

An offence is also committed when a licence holder knowingly permits the HMO to be occupied by more persons than are permitted to occupy it under the licence, punishable with a fine of in excess of £20,000.

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