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

Important changes to licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

The Government has now extended the Mandatory HMO Licensing Scheme to include more properties. Find out what properties are included.

Private Sector Property Licensing

Between 11 December 2017 and 5 March 2018 we consulted on a borough wide Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Please visit the Private Sector Property Licensing page for further details.


What is HMO Licensing?

HMO licensing requires the owners of certain types of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) to license those properties with the council. 

Licensing HMOs means that we can ensure landlords meet standards which keep their tenants safe and well.

We check licence applications, inspect properties and deal with complaints about HMOs.


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Apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN)

You can apply for a three month temporary exemption in the following circumstances:

  • The property is in the process of being sold
  • The owner has given the tenants notice and the property will be sold
  • The owner is moving into the property and it will only be occupied by the owner and their family (if any) and no more than two tenants
  • The property is in the process of being converted into studios/flats or a commercial premises with planning and building control approvals
  • The license holder has died and the property is subject to probate

When applying for a TEN, please be sure to include any evidence in support of the application. The council are not obliged to issue a TEN and the application may be refused.

Use the HMO Licensing Pack - Application Form (PDF, 250KB) to apply for a TEN - tick the ‘Exemption from licensing’ box and complete the relevant parts of the form.

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Change of circumstances

The licence holder and/or their property manager must inform the council of any material change of circumstances in respect of the property layout or use, ownership or management. You can notify the council by contacting the case officer or emailing hmo.licensing@haringey.gov.uk

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Renew your Licence

A mandatory HMO licence will need to be renewed upon expiry unless the property no longer meets the minimum criteria.

You should apply to renew your licence in advance of the expiry of the existing licence.

Use the HMO Licensing Pack - Application Form (PDF, 250KB) to renew your HMO licence - tick the ‘Renewal of licence’ box and complete the form.

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Page Last Updated:

14 November 2018

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