Mandatory HMO Licensing

A property must be licensed under the mandatory licensing scheme if it has:

  • 5 or more occupants (who comprise two or more separate family units or ‘Households’)
  • Shared amenities such as bathroom, kitchen, or toilet facilities or where all the units of accommodation are not fully self-contained (i.e. although a kitchen, bathroom or WC are provided for the tenant’s use elsewhere in the building, they are not actually situated within their unit of accommodation.)

If the above apply and the premises is not exempted on other grounds (see ‘House in Multiple Occupation’) then the property must have a Mandatory HMO Licence.


The Mandatory Licensing Standard Conditions can be viewed here.

The full list of fees is shown in the table below. Landlords may apply for a reduced level of fee and can choose one discount from either having their property accredited, where the licence holder is a Sefton accredited managing agent or where landlords make an early bird application (within first 3 months of the scheme).

New Mandatory (HMO) licence fee

 

£

£ Annual Equivalent

£ Weekly Equivalent

Full Fee

850

170

3.27

Accreditation

700

140

2.69

Accredited Managing Agent (licence holder)

650

130

2.50

In addition to the above fee, individual properties that have 7 or more units (e.g. flats, bedsits, bedrooms) within it will incur an additional fee as shown in the table below, this is per property and not per unit.

In addition :

£

7-12 units

150

13-20 units

250

21+ units

350

Example:

A landlord has 17 bedsits within a HMO the charge (based on full fee) would be:

£850 +£250 = £1100

Do I pay up front?

You will be required to pay £250 on application for each property. The balance after allowing for any reduced fees will be requested on production of draft licence.

Mandatory licensing Renewals

 

£

£ Annual Equivalent

£ Weekly Equivalent

Renewal

800

160

3.08

Accreditation

650

130

2.50

Accredited Managing Agent (licence holder)

600

120

2.31

In addition to the above fee, individual properties that have 7 or more units (e.g. flats, bedsits, bedrooms) within it will incur an additional fee as shown in the table below, this is per property and not per unit.

In addition :

£

7-12 units

150

13-20 units

250

21+ units

350

Do I pay up front?

You will be required to pay £250 on application for each property. The balance after allowing for any reduced fees will be requested on production of draft licence.


 

The mandatory HMO standards can be viewed here

It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:

  • fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
  • allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence

A fine of any amount may be imposed.  In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of any amount per offence.

In order to grant a licence we must be satisfied that:

  • The proposed licence holder is a ‘fit & proper’ person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • Proper management standards are being applied at the property
  • The HMO is reasonably suitable (or can be made suitable) for occupation by the number of tenants allowed under the licence with at least the minimum prescribed standards of amenities and facilities. These include the number, type and quality of shared bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities.

If you know a property that is not licensed, please contact Sefton Council.


Last Updated on 09 March 2018