Houses in Multiple Occupation
If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may require a licence from us. This is to ensure the property is safe and meets basic occupancy standards.
You need a licence if your property is:
- Three or more storeys high
- Occupied by five or more people
- Shared facilities such as a bathroom or kitchen
It is an offence if you fail to submit a full application for an HMO licence or request a Temporary Exemption Notice. You could face enforcement action and fines of up to £20,000.
If you are not sure if you need a licence contact us or read the government guidance. We also have a set of standards developed specially for Tamworth. We can prosecute HMO landlords who operate without a licence. We can also refuse you a licence.
How much is a licence?
- Application fee: £574.80 for a five bedspace house
- An additional £37.79 applies for each bedspace above five
- If you require a licence and you are taking steps towards this, you can apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN).
- We will confirm receipt of the application and arrange an inspection. If all the supporting information is received within 28 days, we will issue a 20% refund of the fee.
We will grant a licence if:
- The property requires a licence in accordance with the Housing Act 2004
- We are satisfied that - subject to the proposed licence conditions - the property is suitable for occupation
- The proposed licence holder is a fit and proper person
- The proposed licence holder is the most appropriate person to hold the licence
- The person managing the property will be the proposed licence holder
- Subject to the conditions of the licence the management arrangements are satisfactory
Housing Conditions and Supply Team, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01827 709486.