Not every house in multiple occupation (HMO) needs to be licensed.
A licence is needed only for properties that:
- are occupied by 5 or more people
- have 2 or more households
Information on HMO licensing from GOV.UK:
HMO licensing in Thurrock
The licence is issued to a person or organisation. The licence is payable per property and cannot be transferred. A separate licence application is needed for each property – go to apply for a licence.
The licence lasts for 5 years unless there is a change in circumstances during this time. Any changes will need a new application and a new fee.
Go to fees and charges for the latest fee details – licence fees are reviewed regularly.
We can refuse to issue a licence if the applicant is not considered to be a fit and proper person.
It is an offence to operate a licensable HMO without the proper licence – prosecution may result in an unlimited fine, or we may issue a civil penalty notice up to £30,000.