Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
What happens if I don't Licence my HMO?
Landlords who have failed to apply for a Licence will be at risk of:
- Prosecution – which may result in an unlimited fine or a civil penalty up to £30,000.
- Re-paying Rent to the tenant through possible rent payment orders for non-compliance.
- Being denied possession of a property under Section 21 the Housing Act 1998 due to non-compliance.
We would encourage landlords who need their houses Licensed but have so far not applied, to do so as soon as possible. If we discover a property that is unlicensed but should be, there will be a penalty and the likelihood of prosecution, especially for landlords who do not declare their full portfolio of Licensable properties.
If you are a private Landlord and are housing 5 or more people in 2 or more households then you need to apply for a HMO.
If you are suspecting someone else in your neighbourhood to have an unlicensed HMO or just have some questions or concerns, then please contact us on: 0121 368 1177 (option 7) or email us: Landlord_Licensing@sandwell.gov.uk
Pages in "Housing in Multiple Occupation (HMO)"
- What is a HMO?
- HMO Licence Fee's
- Apply for a HMO Licence
- Does my HMO need a Licence?
- How do I get a HMO Licence?
- How long will it take?
- What happens if I am not a Fit and Proper Person?
- What about Non-Licensable HMO's?
- Temporary Exemption Notices (TEN)
- Can I apply to have my Licence varied?
- What are the Conditions attached to the Licence?
- You are here What happens if I don't Licence my HMO?
- What Standards do I need to Maintain in a HMO?
- Licensable HMO Room Sizes
- The Management Regulations
- What are Amenity Standards?
- What are the Duties of Tenants?
- Tenant Fees Act
- Fire safety in HMO’s
- Waste collection in HMO's