Apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

To reduce sharing problems and to ensure multiple occupancy homes are of a decent standard, landlords need a licence for a large House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

GOV.UK provide a useful 'Licensing House in Multiple Occupation guide' for landlords and managers.

Apply for a HMO licence

Or complete the form below and return it to Private Sector Housing, Housing Services, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 3BJ.

Download Apply for a HMO licence [PDF, 358KB]

Download Apply for a temporary exemption from HMO licensing [PDF, 132KB]

You need to attach the following with your completed application form:

  • A periodic inspection report of the electrical wiring installation (less than five years old), even if it identifies faults
  • A test report on any electrical appliances you provide (unless these are less than 12 months old)
  • A gas safety certificate in respect of the gas installation and landlord's gas fittings where these are provided (no older than 12 months)
  • Where there's a grade A or grade A plus D fire alarm system, an inspection certificate (no older than 12 months)
  • Where there's emergency lighting an inspection certificate (no older than 12 months)
  • A plan of the property, this doesn't need to be architectural quality or to scale but should show the layout and proportions of the property (see guidance below)

Download Property plan guidance [PDF, 153KB]

Certificates must be current and the inspections carried out by competent persons. They must be original (not photocopies), although we'll accept scanned originals as PDF files.

Cost

Initial licensing fees

This applies when:

  • the property hasn't been previously licensed as a HMO
  • the property was previously licensed, but the licence holder has changed since the previous licence was approved

Standard fee - £800

Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable and no further discounts apply - £540

Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable, no further discounts apply and the licence holder has passed the landlord proficiency test - £510

Fee if the licence holder is accredited through an accreditation scheme - £480

Re-licensing fees

This applies when:

  • the property has been previously licensed as an HMO
  • the licence is due to expire or has recently expired
  • the proposed licence holder is the same person, or body, named as licence holder on the licence to be replaced

Standard fee - £800

Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable and no further discounts apply - £470

Fee if full application is received within six weeks of becoming licensable, no further discounts apply and the licence holder has passed the landlord proficiency test - £440

Fee if the licence holder is accredited through an accreditation scheme - £410

How to pay

Contact us on 01752 307075 to pay by credit/debit card or cheque. If you pay by cheque, please complete the payment reference sheet below to ensure that the fee is recorded against your application.

Download Payment reference sheet [PDF, 59KB]

Once the licence has been issued you must:

  • follow management and housing standards
  • ensure the property provides safe and healthy housing conditions
  • ensure involved in the management remain suitable for their roles
  • let us know if the manager changes (we may need to vary the licence)
  • let us know if the licence holder changes (the new licence holder will need to apply)
  • let us know if the owner changes (the purchaser will need to apply)

If you operate a property without a licence (when one is required) the following can apply:

  • A fine up to £20,000
  • Loss of rent
  • Management orders