Legislation which came into effect on 1st October 2000 introduced the mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation. It is now a criminal offence to operate an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation and subject to a conviction and a fine of up to £50,000.
The Council is required by law to licence any House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) which is the principal residence of three or more unrelated persons. The aim of the licensing scheme is to increase the protection for tenants and neighbours by making sure accommodation is safe, well managed and of good quality.
- shared flats and houses
- lodgings and communal accommodation such as student residences, hostels and staff accommodation.
The Private Rented Housing Team act as a single point of contact for all matters relating to licensing of HMOs (and cases for landlord registration).