Houses in multiple occupation

Temporary exemption notices

You can apply for a temporary exemption notice (TEN) if you manage or control a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that currently requires a licence but you want to take steps so the property no longer needs to be licensed

Applications for a TEN must be made by the person who controls or manages the property – usually the owner or landlord – or their agent, using the form below. There is no application fee.

Apply for a temporary exemption notice

By applying, you:

  • declare the information submitted is true and complete to the best of your knowledge
  • understand that it is an offence to send us information you know to be false or misleading in connection with our functions under Parts 1 to 4 or 7 of the Housing Act 2004

We may ask you to give evidence of statements made in your application. If we find something relevant that you should have disclosed, or which was incorrectly stated or described, action will be taken. This may include revoking your TEN.

We will only issue a TEN in exceptional circumstances. No more than 2 TENs will be issued for a property – each TEN will last 3 months. At the end of the exemption period, your property must either no longer need a HMO licence, or you must apply immediately for a HMO licence.

It is a criminal offence to operate a licensable HMO without having either a licence or a TEN.

If we decide not to issue a TEN, we will immediately give you notice of:

  • our decision, along with our reasons and the date it was made
  • your right to appeal against our decision

You may appeal within 28 days of the date our decision was made. Appeals must be made to the residential property tribunal for the east of England. For more information, go to:

Register of temporary exemptions notices

The properties below have been granted temporary exemption notices.

Ref. Address of property Date first TEN was issued Date second TEN was issued
19/00052/HMOTE 320 London Road, South Stifford, Grays, RM20 4AA 18 January 2019 -