Licensing for certain HMOs

Amnesty

Rochford Council have opened an amnesty period beginning 31st October 2018 and it is set to end on 2nd January 2019.

Landlords and managing agents who have not yet obtained an HMO licence for a licensable property will not face enforcement action if they apply before the deadline.

After this period, the council will seek to use its enforcement powers on Landlords who have been running a licensable HMO without applying for a licence.

 

New Legislation

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018

  • This Order, l comes into force on 1 October 2018 and it will introduce a tighter regime for what HMOs need to be licensed.  
  • The new mandatory licensing from 1 October 2018 will now include all HMOs (other than sec 257 HMOs and flats in larger purpose built blocks) that are:
    • occupied by five or more persons; and
    • occupied by persons living in two or more separate households

The license is issued to a person or organisation. The licence is payable per property and cannot be transferred. A separate application is needed for each property.

The licence lasts for 5 years unless there is a change in circumstances during this time. Any changes will need a new application and a new fee. Details on fees can be found by visiting the Financial Information page in Related Content and checking the most recent 'Fees and Charges' document.

We can refuse to issue a licence if the applicant is not considered to be a fit and proper person.

It is an offence to operate a licensable HMO without the proper licence