Do I Need a Licence for a HMO

If the property is deemed a large HMO then you MUST have a licence.

If the property is smaller and fewer people are renting it, a licence may still be required, depending on the area. Check with your local council.

A licence is valid for a maximum of 5 years ( 3 years in Scotland) and a separate licence is required for each HMO. Some councils may grant licences for shorter periods.

N.B.: The council may place additional conditions to your licence, for example, improvement of the standard of facilities.

An unlimited fine ( up to £10,000 in Scotland) may be incurred for renting out an un-licensed HMO.

HMO’s that do not need to be licensed are:
Managed or owned by a housing association or cooperative, council, police or fire authority or health service.

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