Houses in multiple occupation

HMO fees (pdf)

All Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the borough are required to be licensed, unless they fall within certain exempted categories

A failure to license an address is a criminal offence and the Council may take prosecution proceedings or impose a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

On conviction, the Court may impose an unlimited fine. You could also have control of your unlicensed properties taken away from you, and be ordered to repay up to 12 months’ rent to the Council or your tenants.

How to apply for a HMO licence

Download the form:

Complete the form, sign it, and return by email to

Once a complete application has been received we will contact you to arrange a full inspection of the property.

If full access is not provided at this inspection you will be liable to an additional fee for a revisit.

A second fee will be due at the inspection to be paid if the inspecting officer confirms that an HMO licence can be issued. The licence cannot be issued without this fee.

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