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Preparing for your HMO Licence Application

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Before starting to fill in the online application form we recommend that you first work your way through the sections below to ensure that you have all the relevant information to hand.

Please see the checklist at the bottom of this page.

Anyone who owns or manages an HMO that must be licensed has to apply to the Local Authority for a licence. The Authority must issue a licence if it is satisfied that:

  • The HMO is reasonably suitable for occupation by the number of people allowed under the licence
  • The proposed licence holder is a “fit and proper person”
  • The proposed licence holder is the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • The proposed manager (if there is one) is a “fit and proper person”
  • The proposed management arrangements are satisfactory
  • The person involved in the management of the HMO is competent
  • The financial structures for the management and maintenance of the property are suitable

The Authority must have regard to any evidence, which may effect the decision to grant a HMO licence.

Before you start to complete the online application form we recommend that you gather together all the information that you will need.

It is advisable that you read the Guide to applying for a HMO Licence  before you start the application process.

For a licence application to be deemed valid, you must provide the following:

  • A fully completed and signed application form
  • The relevant fee
  • A current landlord gas safety certificate (if applicable)
  • A current Electrical Installation Condition report
  • A floor plan with all rooms labelled, such as bedroom, kitchen, etc and the dimensions for each room