Houses in multiple occupancy (HMO's) licence

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation 
  • the applicant is a fit and proper* person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence 
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper* person 
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory 

*in deciding whether someone is fit and proper, the Council will take into account:

  • any previous convictions relating to violence, sexual offences, drugs and fraud; 
  • contraventions of any laws relating to housing, public health or landlord and tenant issues;
  • any convictions for unlawful discrimination; 
  • previous HMO licence refusals;
  • training and qualifications through professional bodies and/or landlord accreditation schemes.
  • Basic Disclosure result.

Basic Disclosure

It will be a requirement that a Basic Disclosure is undertaken for the proposed licence holder and manager of the HMO. Where a company is either the licence holder and/or manager, each Company Director/Partner will be require to undertake a Basic Disclosure.

Please complete the application for Basic Disclosure and submit a copy of the disclosure with your HMO application. You must keep the original disclosure for the duration of the licence. An application fee of £25 is required for each individual party to the application.

Last updated: 10.46am on Tuesday 8 January 2019

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