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Apply for an HMO licence

The HMO licence scheme in Havering

To rent out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Havering you will need a licence.

The licence you need will depend on the type, where it is, size and number of people living in the property.

A licence requires you to meet the Private Rented property Licensing Accommodation Standards to keep your property safe and in good condition for you and your tenants.

Please note that we do not provide free surveys or advice to landlords and may not carry out a property inspection before issuing a licence.

It is the responsibility of landlords / licence holders to make sure the HMO meets the required fire safety and facility standards and is free from serious hazards or disrepair.

Information on the minimum recommended fire safety requirements in HMOs can be found in the LACORS guidance.

There are two different types of licences.

  1. Mandatory licensing
  2. Additional licensing

See the HMO area map and designation notice

You must licence each property you rent out.

If you do not have a valid licence you may be prosecuted and fined for each unlicensed property.

Please note, that from 1 October 2018, you must obtain a mandatory licence if you rent out a property occupied by 5 or more people from 2 or more households with shared facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Operating an unlicensed HMO that requires a property licence is a criminal offence and may be punishable by prosecution of a financial penalty of up to £30,000.

More information can be found on the London Property Licensing website.

HMOs and planning rules

If you want to operate a house as an HMO, it must have the correct class of planning use. You may need to change it from C3 (dwelling house) to C4 (houses in multiple occupation).

There is no guarantee that your planning application will be approved, but if you rent out your property you must have a property licence. If you are refused planning permission we cannot refund your licence fee.

Havering HMO licence application form and guide

Before starting your application please make sure you have understood what you will be applying for based on the area the property is in and the planning rules. Please also read our HMO application guide

Apply for an HMO licence 

To be able to save and return to your application form(s), please register your details once you have selected the type of licence required and before you start your application.

You may request a paper application form by contacting us by telephone on 01708 432676 or 432777 or by email at landlordlicensing@havering.gov.uk

Fees

Mandatory licence

A mandatory licence fee depends on the number of rooms in the property. Please see table below;

Number of rooms New application fee
up to 5 lettings £1115.00
6 to 9 lettings £1284.00
10 to 14 lettings £1473.00
15 to 19 lettings £1630.00
20 lettings and above £1788.00

Additional licence

An additional licence has a fixed fee of £900 and it’s usually valid for 5 years.

  Standard rate
Part A £550
Part B * £350
Total (with accreditation) £865
Total (without accreditation) £900

*A 10 per cent discount on the Part B fee only is available to accredited landlords. To qualify certificates and membership numbers must be supplied at time of application.

Property licence fee refunds policy

We will give you a refund if:

  • you have made a duplicate application
  • you made an application for an exempted property by mistake

Please note if a refund is agreed, we will only refund to the original payee by the same method of payment used eg via original credit card used. 

We will not give you a refund if: 

  • we refuse your application but we will not take the second (Part B) fee
  • you sell or stop letting your property because the initial fee (Part A) is non-refundable once the application is submitted but if the property ceases to be licensable before a draft licence is issued, the Part B fee will not be taken
  • you withdraw your application (other than for the reasons stated above)
  • you have had a Prohibition Notice served on the property 
  • we revoke (take away) your licence 
  • you change your mind and want to change licence type from HMO to Selective 
  • you are refused planning permission for an Additional or Mandatory HMO 

Our fees are not connected to the length of a licence. If you cancel your licence before it expires, we cannot give you a refund for any unused time.

Any unusual situations which may arise will be considered by the enforcement panel on a case by case basis.

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