How to get an HMO licence in the UK
In the UK, Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are regulated by local authorities and require a licence to operate legally. An HMO is a type of rental property where at least three tenants share communal facilities, such as a kitchen or bathroom. If you are planning to operate an HMO, you will need to apply for an HMO licence from your local authority. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Check if your property needs an HMO license
HMO licences are required for properties that meet certain criteria, such as the number of occupants and type of tenancy. You can find out if your property needs an HMO licence by contacting your local council
Meet the licensing requirements
Once you have established that your property requires an HMO licence, you will need to ensure it meets the licensing requirements. These may include fire safety measures, minimum room sizes, and adequate amenities such as kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Complete the application form
You will need to complete an application form and provide supporting documentation, such as a floor plan of the property, details of any management arrangements, and a gas safety certificate.
Pay the fee
There is a fee for applying for an HMO licence, which varies depending on the local authority.
Wait for the licence to be granted
The local authority will carry out an inspection of the property to ensure that it meets the licensing requirements. If the property meets the requirements, the licence will be granted. If not, the local authority will provide you with a list of improvements that need to be made.
Renew the licence
HMO licences are typically valid for five years, after which they need to be renewed. You will need to submit a new application and pay the fee to renew the licence.
In summary, obtaining an HMO licence in the UK involves a lot of work but the kickbacks will almost certainly be worth it.
If you’re looking for support managing your HMO then contact us today.