HMO Licensing Changes
- Designation of an Area for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Important changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
New scheme requires all HMO landlords in Haringey to licence their property
Following Cabinet approval on 12 February for a borough wide additional HMO Licensing Scheme, landlords owning HMO property in Haringey now have to Licence with the council.
An early bird incentive licensing fee of £500 only will be available to landlords who apply for an additional HMO License before the operational start date of 27 May 2019.
- Public Notice: Designation of an Area for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (PDF, 117KB)
- Council supports new housing licencing scheme - news story
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.