Important - changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO): the Government has extended the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme to include more properties. Find out what properties are now included.
HMO Licensing Changes
Important changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
The Government have extended Mandatory HMO Licensing.
On 1 April 2018, the Government announced it had extended the mandatory licensing of HMOs to include more properties.
What properties are now included?
From 1 October 2018, regulations replaced the previous prescribed description of mandatory licensable HMOs. Previously, the minimum criteria for mandatory licensing was occupation by five or more persons in two or more households, but only where the property was at least three storeys high. The three storey requirement has been removed, so mandatory licensing now applies to two storey houses, bungalows and flats, except for purpose-built flats in a block comprising three or more flats.
What do I need to do?
If you have a property that now meets the minimum criteria and you do not already hold a licence for that property then you will need to apply to the Council for a licence.
What happens if I don’t apply?
It is an offence to operate a licensable HMO without a licence. Possible consequences include:
- Prosecution, with a possible unlimited fine if convicted
- The imposition of a civil penalty of up to £30,000
- A reduced licence period if the Council has to chase you to make an application
How can I apply?
You can find more information and apply for a Mandatory HMO Licence here.
How much is a licence fee?
Information on licensing fees is available on the Apply for a HMO licence page.
For more information email us at HMO.Licensing@haringey.gov.uk
If you are a tenant and believe you are residing in a HMO that is not licensed, you can forward the information to us. Please include the property address and details of the Managing Agent/Landlord.
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