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Private landlord advice

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

HMO licensing

Do you need a HMO Licence?

HMO stands for House in Multiple Occupation, which means a building, or part of a building, such as a flat, that:

  • is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares - or lacks - an amenity, such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities
  • is occupied by more than one household and is a converted building - but not entirely self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking)
  • is converted self contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulation, and at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.

If you wish to find out more about HMOs there is a handbook detailing what they are, why they should be licenced and advice about what to look for in a home with multiple occupants. If you have any queries or concerns you can send us an email or visit the Homestamp website for further information.

HMO Licence fees from 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

First application for an HMO licence £846.35
Renewal of an existing licence made before the current licence expires £604.71
Renewal of an existing licence made after the current licence expires £846.35

There is an additional charge of £100 for incomplete applications.  If further information is required then the application will not be processed until this additional fee has been paid.

The proposed Licence Holder may claim any of the following discounts for being a member of the following landlord organisations or for second and subsequent properties.
Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme (MLAS) £162.75
National Landlords Association (NLA) or the Residential Landlords association (RLA) £54.60
Discount for second and subsequent properties £54.60

Note:  Members of both the MLAS and the NLA or RLA may claim both discounts.

Please make sure you have all your documents to hand before you apply below. The online form will work out what you need to pay and payment will be taken at the end of the application.

You have the option to 'Pay by Card' at the end of the process or 'Pay Later'. Your application will not be processed until payment has been made.

Apply for an HMO licence

Advice on drawing a plan

Public Register for Licensed HMOs up until 31 December 2018

Advertise your property for free on our Rentwell in Sandwell website.

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Safety in the private sector housing

In line with the 2004 Housing Act all  properties inspected by our Housing Quality Team are done so using the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which asses the risks in all properties using 29 Hazards.

Download this document and use it to check that the property you let out is hazard free.


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