If your property requires a mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license, you need to apply.
The Housing Act 2004 has made it a requirement that a landlord letting a HMO which meets certain criteria will need to obtain a licence.
The aim of the scheme is to increase the protection of tenants and neighbours by making sure accommodation is safe, well managed and of good quality.
You will need to send some additional information along with the required fee as we have to charge to cover the cost of administering the scheme.
Applications can be made by a landlord or by another appropriate person such as a managing agent.
Please Note: Landlords who operate a licensable HMO without a licence are liable to prosecution leading to an unlimited fine in the magistrates court or a Civil Financial Penalty of up to £30,000.
Your tenants are able to reclaim any rent paid during the time the property is unlicensed, up to a maximum of 12 months rent, regardless of any formal action taken by us. We may choose to reclaim any Housing Benefit that has also been paid.
You must ensure that the application form is completed correctly, full payment is made and all of the required supporting documents are included.
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You must renew your House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence every five years if the property continues to be a licensable HMO.
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We will no longer accept paper copies of application forms and supporting documents from January 2020.
Any applications made must be emailed to email@example.com, or brought in to the Town Hall and scanned by the applicant using the Councils self scan system located in the ground floor reception area.
One of the requirements of the licence is for you to provide evidence that both you and any managing agent (if applicable) is a "fit and proper" person to manage a HMO.
As part of this procedure, those affected must provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. You can apply online and you will be charged a fee and must provide certain evidence.
You and any proposed manager will need to allow sufficient time for your DBS application to be dealt with, so it is better that you do not delay.
Please note: the disclosure statement is valid for 28 days, and you must provide us with the original document with your application within this time. The document can be left at the Town Hall reception and once we have obtained the required information from it, it will be returned to you (if requested) or securely destroyed.
Your application will only be treated as complete once we have all the information we need.
The fee chargeable for a new 5 year HMO license is currently set at £500.00, payable in two parts.
At the time of application, you must make an initial payment of £150 (non-refundable) to cover the cost of assessing and processing your submitted application up to the stage were we issue a proposed license.
Upon receipt of the proposed license you should make any representations to the council with any observations. If you're happy with the content, you should arrange for the required balance of the license fee to be paid and the HMO license will be issued. Within your proposed licence documentation, you will be provided with a link to make the remaining fee payment online.
This remaining fee covers the council's costs for monitoring the license over its 5 year life.
Remember that the application will not be treated as complete, until we receive everything needed.
The cost of a licence will rise to £600 if you fail to supply a complete application, including all documents, certificates etc., as indicated below in the supporting information required.
You will need to send us some supporting information so that we can deal with your application quickly. We will be unable to grant a license until we receive all of the following supporting information:
If you are having any difficulty completing your licence application contact us as soon as possible, as an incomplete application will incur an additional penalty charge of £100.
If you would like any further assistance contact us on 01772 906907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At some point in the future we will inspect your HMO. Before we do so we will contact you in advance to arrange this appointment.
It is very important that you read the mandatory and any additional licence conditions which explains our requirements, to ensure that your property is correctly managed and is free from hazards that may affect your tenants.
Preston City Council, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.