The below information provides some helpful answers to queries regarding HMO licensing in our district

Do I need to apply for a HMO licence?

A property needs a mandatory HMO licence if it is both:

  • A HMO
  • Occupied by five people or more who do not form a single household 

For guidance on what constitutes a HMO please visit the page Houses in Multiple Occupation.

What changes came into force in October 2018?

Recently, there were two major changes to HMO legislation. These were:

  • The three storey element has been removed
  • The introduction of minimum rooms sizes (please see the bottom of the page for our rooms sizes)

What form do I need to complete to apply for a HMO licence?

This can be done by completing the online form:

House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) - Licence - North West Leicestershire District Council (achieveservice.com)

You will not be able to submit the application until all the relevant information and documents are attached however, you can save your application and come back to it if you need to.

How long does a HMO Licence last for?

A HMO application lasts for 5 years. You will need to renew your application when it is about to expire. Please contact our office to organise this.

What supporting documents are required?

These are:

  • Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, dated within the last 12 months for the licence holder of the property
  • Gas safety certificate
  • Valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Fire safety risk assessment. You may wish to use the template at the bottom of this page.
  • Electrical installation condition report
  • Fire alarm test certificate
  • Floor plans of the property with an appropriate key

Your application will be processed once all of the supporting documents have been submitted together with the initial fee.

How much does the application cost?

  • There is an initial fee of £314 payable with the submission of the application which covers the administration of the application (non-refundable)
  • If an officer intends to grant a licencse, a further fee of £411 will be required before the licence is issued

Payments can be made by calling 01530 454 563 or through the customer services team on 01530 45 45 45

What happens when I submit an application?

Your application will be processed once all supporting documents have been submitted together with the initial fee of £314.

Once an application has been submitted, an officer will ensure the correct documentation and fee has been submitted. Then, an officer will assess your application and organise a housing inspection. After completing this, an environmental health office will decide whether or not to grant a licence (subject to the second fee of £411 being paid).

Useful links

- LACORS fire safetyguidance https://www.cieh.org/media/1244/guidance-on-fire-safety-provisions-for-certain-types-of-existing-housing.pdf 

- HMO Management Regulations http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/372/contents/made

- DASH Services https://www.dashservices.org.uk/ 

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Last updated: Tue 12 October, 2021 @ 11:26