HMO Licensing

HMO licensing commenced on 6th April 2006. Certain high risk HMO's are required to be licensed by the Council and failure to obtain a licence could lead to a fine up to £20,000.

Which HMO's Require Licensing?

  • HMO's with 3 or more storeys and 5 or more occupants who together do not form a single household.
  • This does not include Section 257 HMO's (for definition please see above)

Storeys include:

  • Those which are occupied by a business (if its above and below a HMO)
  • Mezzanine floors (unless only used to gain access from one floor to another)
  • Storeys with in the HMO that are currently not in use.
  • Attics including lofts: 

              - That are wholly or partly used as residential accommodation
              - If it has been constructed, converted or adapted for wholly as
                use residential accommodation (even if its not currently in use)
              - Or is an integral part of the HMO such as a communal room or storage 
                facilities.
              - That are wholly or partly used as residential accommodation Attics 
                including lofts:
     
  • Basements that:

                    - Are used wholly or partly as living accommodation
                    - If it has been constructed, converted or adapted for wholly use as
                      residential accommodation (even if its not
                      currently in use)
                    - Or is an integral part of the HMO such as a communal room or storage 
                      facilities.
                    - Is the only or principle access to the HMO from the street.


How to Apply for a Licence

If you think that your property should be licensed please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01386 565631 or privatesectorhousing@wychavon.gov.uk.

Alternatively please complete the application form below and send it into the Department. The fee for a licence from 1 April 2016 will be £559.00, each licence will last for five years.

Has My Landlord Applied for a Licence

Wychavon District Council has a register of all licensed premises please click the link below:

Licensed Premised Register

If you think that your HMO should be licensed please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01386 565631 or privatesectorhousing@wychavon.gov.uk

For further information please see:

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For further information please contact:-

Property Standards Enforcement Officer
Tel: 01386 565631
Fax: 01386 561092
E-mail: privatesectorhousing@wychavon.gov.uk