Important changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO): the Government has extended the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme to include more properties, starting from 1 October 2018. 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 HMO Licensing Scheme.
What properties are now included?
From 1 October, the regulations replace the previous prescribed description of a HMO. Properties that meet all of the following criteria will be subject to mandatory licensing.
- HMOs occupied by five persons or more in two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys
- Purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied as an HMO
What do I need to do?
If you have a property that meets the description above 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 will be an offence to operate an HMO of the above description without a licence from 1 October 2018.
- You can be prosecuted and if found guilty be liable to an unlimited fine
- You may incur a Civil Penalty Notice for failing to licence which can impose a fine of up to £30,000
- Your licence period may also be shortened
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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