House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence

Information and advice on how to apply for a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.

Licence summary

If you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) which is three (or more) storeys and has five (or more) occupants you require a licence from your local authority.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made to the local authority.

You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

Regulation summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application evaluation process

Each Licence lasts for 5 years and costs £300 for a basic 5 room HMO, with an extra £30 charge for each additional room (e.g. £390.00 for an 8 room HMO). Discounts apply if you are an accredited landlord (20%) or are well-trained in HMO management (10%)

If an application fails or is withdrawn by the applicant the fee will be refunded in full.

Please allow 28 days for a full and valid application to be processed.

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory
  • all the necessary paperwork is provided
  • the appropriate fee is paid

Licence application form 

Please contact us if you wish to have a hard copy of the application form posted to you.

  

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

How to apply

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact :

The Principal Housing Standards Officer
Housing Standards
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way ,Yeovil,Somerset, BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 46 2462

Contact Housing Standards online

You may legally appeal to a residential property tribunal. The one serving the South Somerset area is :

Residential Property Tribunal Service
First Floor
1 Market Avenue
Chichester
PO19 1JU

Telephone : 0845-100-2617

Email: southern.rap@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing Service online

You may legally appeal to a residential property tribunal. The one serving the South Somerset area is :

Residential Property Tribunal Service
First Floor
1 Market Avenue
Chichester
PO19 1JU

Telephone : 0845-100-2617

Email: southern.rap@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Consumer complaint

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal as detailed above within 28 days of the decision being made.

Other redress

Should one licence-holder wish to complain about another regarding noise, pollution etc, please contact :

The Environmental Protection Team Leader
Environmental Protection
South Somerset District Council
Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact Environmental Protection online

Trade associations

British Property Federation (BPF) National Federation of Property Professionals

Public Register

View a list of Public Registers

List of Licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation.

HMO Policy

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