Additional licensing (HMOs)

Housing

From 1 April 2020 additional licensing will apply to smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) that are not covered by HMO mandatory licence scheme.

Additional licensing  will affect landlords who rent flats or houses

  • that are occupied by three or four unrelated people
  • which form two or more households
  • and are under one or more tenancies
  • which share amenities such as kitchens or bathrooms 

Unless an exemption applies

The scheme was approved by the council on 11 July 2019.

A 25% discount will be offered to all landlords who apply for a licence during the early bird period,  which will be in operation for three months. The exact dates for this will be publicised well in advance.

During the early-bird period, the licence fee will be £750 a saving of £250 per licence, with a further discount of £100 available for certain multiple properties.

Each licence can last up to a maximum of 5 years or until the scheme expires on 31 March 2025.

Further information may be found in the Council's

If you’re the owner of multiple rented properties in the borough, you must complete an application for each property.

Failure to licence an address is an offence and the council may take further legal action, including prosecution, which could result in a conviction and an unlimited fine.

Alternatively, the council may impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000. Any prosecutions or civil penalties served against a landlord will be taken into consideration when deciding if they can be a licence holder.