Borough wide Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Licensing for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
- What HMO are included
- What are the requirement of holding a license?
- How can I apply
- What is the cost of Licensing
- How can I find out more
We're committed to providing residents who wish to rent in Haringey with good quality, safe accommodation which is managed by responsible landlords or letting agents. This means working with landlords to create a more professional rented sector, and tackling those who mistreat or fail to provide a good, safe home to their tenants.
To help achieve this, we have introduced licensing for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) so that more landlords will have to hold a license before they can let out their homes. These licenses require landlords to keep their homes in good condition and ensure high standards of management, or risk enforcement from the council.
On 12 February 2019 Haringey Council designated the whole borough subject to additional HMO Licensing. The scheme becomes operative on 27 May 2019 - anyone found to be operating an unlicensed HMO after this date will be committing an offence and will face enforcement action.
You will need to hold a license if you own and let out:
- Shared accommodation that is defined as a 'house in multiple occupation (HMO)', anywhere in Haringey
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is defined as:
- An entire house or flat which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet
- A house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities
- A converted house which contains one or more flats which are not completely self contained (ie the flat does not have a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by three or more tenants who form two or more households
- A building (or part of a building) which is converted entirely into self-contained flats, if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations, and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies
- In order to be an HMO the property must be used as the tenants' only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants - properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties used as domestic refuges
A household is a single person or members of the same family living together. This includes both people who are married or cohabiting (living together), people in a same-sex relationship, any member of a family - aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren (all of which include partners), step children and foster children. It also includes occupiers who are unrelated, living with a family such as carers, au pairs or nannies. Friends occupying a house on a shared tenancy are viewed as multiple households.
By holding a license, you will need to comply with the Licensing Conditions which will ensure the home you let out is properly managed and meets acceptable standards.
See the Should my property have an HMO licence page for licensing conditions for HMO accommodation.
We are currently working on introducing an online licence application and payment system. This is currently not available, so applicants will need to complete a paper application form until further notice.
All the information you need to apply for an Additional HMO Licence can be found on the Apply for a HMO licence page.
The Licensing Fees have been amended and will now be taken in two stages.
- A £500 fee will be paid on application a further £600 fee will be taken before your licence is issued
- The total fee for licensing an HMO is £1,100
Further charges and discounts may apply to your application. See the Information on HMO licence fees and licence periods (PDF, 54KB) for further information.
Apply early and receive a discounted early bird licence fee
A financial incentive is available for compliant landlords - apply for an Additional HMO Licence before 27 May 2019 and pay a discounted Licence fee payment of £500.
- Main HMO licensing page
- Public Notice: Designation of an Area for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (PDF, 117KB)