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Landlords urged to apply for HMO licences before change in law

Landlords across the UK who own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) covered by the new legislation must apply for a new licence for their property before it becomes a legal requirement on 1 October 2018.

The Government defines HMOs as:

  • A property with at least five tenants living there, forming more than one household
  • A property where the toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared by the tenants

A landlord without a licence for their HMO will be deemed in breach, and liable to be fined or prosecuted – with fixed penalties of up to £30,000, or an unlimited fine if prosecuted.

The onus is on landlords to apply for their licence as soon as possible – and legally, it must be obtained by 1 October 2018. Once awarded, the licence is valid for five years.

To apply, please click here

Once received, the application forms will be processed and an officer will arrange to visit the property to undertake an inspection.

For more information please phone Environmental Health on 01772 625340 or e-mail envhealth@southribble.gov.uk

If you are aware of any HMO’s that you think are not licensed but should be, please contact the department in confidence.