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 a building which is comprised of converted self-contained flats and the standards of the conversion does not meet, at the minimum, the standards required by the 1991 Building Regulations, and less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied (Section 257 HMO).

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 2018 will be £583.00, 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:-

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