HMO Licensing Changes
There have been some important changes to the licensing of HMOs. The Government has extended mandatory HMO licensing, and the council has introduced a borough-wide additional HMO licensing scheme.
Together, mandatory licensing and the additional licensing scheme means that all HMOs in Haringey currently need to be licensed with the council.
From 1 October 2018, new 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 HMOs of any number of storeys, except for purpose-built flats in a block comprising three or more flats.
Following Cabinet approval on 12 February 2019, the council introduced a borough-wide additional HMO licensing scheme, that started on 27 May 2019. This scheme requires the licensing of all HMOs in Haringey that are not subject to mandatory licensing, ie those with only three or four occupiers, and section 257 HMOs.
- Public Notice: Designation of an Area for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (PDF, 117KB)
- News Story: Council supports new housing licensing scheme
What do I need to do?
If you have an unlicensed HMO, 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 do I apply?
You can find more information and an application form 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.