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.

HMOs include:

  • shared flats and houses
  • bedsits
  • 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). 

Houses in Multiple Occupation Overprovision Policy. 

Following the meeting of the Environment and Housing Committee on 17th September 2015 approval was given for the adoption of the revised Supplementary Guidance SG05 and Houses in Multiple Occupation Overprovision Policy.

The effect of this new policy is to introduce a new concentration threshold of 1% within the Electoral Wards of Stirling North (Ward 4), Stirling East (Ward 6), Stirling West (Ward 5), Dunblane and Bridge of Allan (Ward 3). The concentration level outwith these areas will be limited to 5% for each Census Output Area, for any new first time HMO applications. This policy will apply irrespective of planning permission being required for “change of use”.

Important: Please read the HMO Overprovision Policy before submitting an HMO application for properties that do not have a current HMO licence - please note that Castle Ward is now known as Stirling North


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