An application for a HMO licence can be refused if you do not meet the test for a fit and proper person or your property does not meet the required conditions.
You will need to to nominate an alternative person to be the licence holder. If you cannot do this or bring bring the property up to standard within an acceptable time period, we have a duty to issue an Interim Management Order (IMO).
This means we will manage the property and the collection of rent. This order can last for a year, until suitable permanent arrangements can be made.
If the IMO expires and there is no likelihood of a positive change, then the council can issue a Final Management Order. This removes the property from the control of the owner for a period of up to five years. You may appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal within 28 days.