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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

What happens if I do not apply for a licence or break the rules of the licence?

You will be committing an offence if you fail to apply for a licence or allow a property to be occupied by more people than are permitted on your HMO licence.

Non-compliance could result in the council imposing a Civil Penalty worth up to £30,000.

Please note that where a qualifying HMO is not licensed, the landlord cannot serve a tenant with a Section 21 Notice to Quit (opens new window) until the HMO is licensed.

Last modified on 15 February 2024

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