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Guide HMO Licensing application form guidance

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1. Important information

Mandatory HMO Licence application form notes of guidance from September 2018

The Housing Act 2004 and associated Regulations specify certain information that must be provided within the application. All the information required within the application must be provided and all questions answered as instructed. The relevant Act is the Housing Act 2004 and the regulations are The Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and Other Houses (Miscellaneous Provisions) (England) Regulations.

The government is extending the mandatory HMO licensing scheme to cover properties occupied by five or more people making up two or more households. This includes any HMO which is a building or a converted flat where such householders lack or share basic amenities such as a toilet, personal washing facilities or cooking facilities Any landlord or agent whose HMO is required to be licensed under the new rules must return a completed application before the 1 October 2018, and failure to apply for licenses by this date is a criminal offence. As part of the extension to mandatory HMO licensing a minimum room size for bedrooms is being introduced in addition to mandatory licence conditions relating to the refuse disposal and storage facilities in licensed HMOs. 

The Regulations available here:     

The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description)(England) Order 2018 

and     

The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Mandatory Conditions of Licences) (England) Regulations 2018

It is important that you are aware of the following:-

  • It is an offence to supply any information that is false or misleading and which you know is false or misleading.  The giving of false information may result in prosecution and your licence (on this and other properties) being cancelled.
  • If the form is filled in incorrectly or we feel that it is incomplete we will return it to you and you may incur an additional charge.