Apply for a HMO licence
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 certain standards to keep your property safe and in good condition for you and your tenants. There are two different types of licenses:
- Mandatory licensing
- Additional licensing (from 1 March 2018)*
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.
* You will need an additional licence if your property is in the wards of Brooklands, Elm Park, Gooshays, Harold Wood, Havering Park, Heaton, Mawneys, Pettits, Rainham & Wennington, Romford Town, South Hornchurch and Squirrels Heath
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 license. If you are refused planning permission we cannot refund your licence fee.
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||£1081.25|
|6 to 9 lettings||£1245.00|
|10 to 14 lettings||£1428.00|
|15 to 19 lettings||£1581.00|
|20 lettings and above||£1737.00|
An additional license has a fixed fee of £900 and it’s usually valid for 5 years.
|Discount rate (available up to 28 February 2018)||Standard rate (applicable from 1 March 2018)|