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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Guidance, information and documents to apply for a HMO licence.

Published on: 17 May 2021

Last updated: 30 September 2021

Licence fees and guidance

The HMO licence fee is split into two parts:

  • part A is payable when submitting the application online and covers the cost of processing the application
  • part B becomes payable when the licence has been approved and prior to the licence being issued and covers the cost of enforcing the scheme. The part b payment is automatically debited once we have processed your application

Licence type Section 254*

Applicable to shared houses, flats and bedsit accommodation.

Part A: £705

Part B: £270

Total: £975

Advice visit

Total: £150

*An additional fee of £25 per letting will be charged for larger Section 254 HMO's with more than five lettings. A letting is the number of separate units, for example a HMO with shared facilities and five bedrooms would be five lettings. For very large HMOs, we will only take payment for up to 25 lettings at the time of application, with the full balance payable following an inspection of the property. 

Registered charities who are providing accommodation solely for vulnerable persons in the HMO, are exempt from licence fees. They must still apply for a HMO licence for the property.

Fees must be paid online while making your application.

Accredited landlords

We want to recognise efforts undertaken by landlords to ensure they are fully aware of their legal responsibilities, and that they are managing their properties in a satisfactory manner. Therefore, a 10% discount will be available to any landlord who is accredited with the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS).

This includes professional trade organisations for landlords such as the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) who employs a named manager that is either Safeagent or Propertymark approved and holds a Level 3 Award in Residential Letting and Property Management  for England and Wales.

Membership of such bodies includes opportunities to undertake competent training on the management of rented accommodation.

Landlords will need to state their accreditation number to receive a discount.

Accredited landlords will not be eligible for a discount where they have failed to apply for a licence and where unlicensed HMOs are brought to the attention by the council.