Private landlord advice

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

Please note from 1 October 2018 the criteria for a HMO licence will be 5 or more people, in 2 or more households, sharing an amenity
This will now apply to ALL HMOs regardless of the number of floors.
From this date there will also be a legal minimum requirement to have a floor area no-smaller than 6.51 square metres

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 contact us on 0121 569 5232, send us an email or visit the Homestamp website for further information.

HMO Licence fees from 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Please note we do not at present have on-line payments. Please send a cheque to;

Liz Mooney
Landlord Support and Development Officer
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Court House
High St
West Bromwich
B70 8LU

First application for an HMO licence £821.70
Renewal of an existing licence made before the current licence expires £587.10
Renewal of an existing licence made after the current licence expires £821.70

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.

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