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Licence - Homes in Multiple Occupation

The Housing Act 2004 introduced mandatory licensing for certain categories of HMO's. Certain owners are now responsible for applying for a licence and will need to meet national minimum amenity standards.  Please be aware that all HMO's are subject to inspection by Environmental Health Services whether or not they require a licence.

How do I know if I need an HMO Licence?

If you can answer yes to the following 2 questions you will need a licence:

1. Does your property have three or more storeys (including habitable attics or basements and any business premises or storage space on the ground floor or any upper floor) and

2. Does your property have five or more unrelated tenants?

Applying for an HMO Licence

You can apply and pay for an HMO licence online, through the Business Link website, by selecting one of the links below:

Alternatively, you can download an application form (see Related Downloads) which can be printed and returned to us at the address above.

The licence fee must be submitted with your application. Please see pdf icon Basildon Council - Schedule of Fees and Charges 2017 - 2018 [504kb]  for the current fee. This licence is renewable every 5 years.

Before applying, you may need to contact Basildon Council's Planning Department to ascertain whether planning permission is required.

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. Environmental Health Services will inspect the property prior to issuing a licence.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal, please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to a residential property tribunal. Appeals must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

It is an offence not to licence an HMO that requires to be licensed.  Any landlord or manager of a property is liable, on summary conviction for this offence, to a fine of up to £20,000.

If you require any further information or have a complaint about this process please see our contact details below.

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