From the 1st October 2018, the legislation regarding the mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) will change. Previously an HMO required a licence to operate if it was 3 or more storeys with 5 or more occupants forming more than 1 household and where there is some sharing of the basic amenities (washing facilities, toilets, kitchens).The changes will remove the storey criteria.

The government is also introducing minimum room sizes for bedrooms and a new mandatory condition which require licence holders to have appropriate arrangements in place for the storage and disposal of household waste. 

Standards and Conditions for HMO's

The legal minimum standards for HMO's are set out in the Housing Act 2004 and national Regulations. The HMO Management Regulations cover the legal duties for the day to day running of HMO's

All licences granted are subject to conditions which the licence holder must comply with either immediately or within a specified period of time. Certain conditions as detailed in Schedule 4 of the Act are mandatory and must be included in every licence granted. We can also impose any other specific property conditions considered necessary for regulating the management, use and occupation of the premises concerned plus its condition and contents.

All HMO's are subject to the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme (HHSRS). This is a risk based evaluation tool to help local authorities to identify and protect against potential risks to health and safety from any defficiencies identified in dwellings.

Please read the guide for landlords and agents before making an application for a licence.This includes information about the licensing scheme, the standards required in all HMO's and the conditions which will be attached to an HMO licence.

Licence holders and managers of HMO's are required to have procedures in place to effectively manage their property. The Private Rented Service have developed model procedures and documents which you can use to help you comply with all of your legal obligations.

HMO Licence Fee

First licence application by a new proposed licence holder £843
Subsequent licence application by a person who already holds an HMO or selective licence in Newcastle £575
Discount for a member of a landlords association or the Newcastle Housing Accreditation Scheme £50

Making a Licence Application

Applications for an HMO licence can be made on-line.

Please click here to apply and pay for a new HMO licence

Please click here to apply and pay to renew an existing HMO licence

Please click here to make a variation to an existing HMO licence

Public Register

All licensed HMO's can be viewed on our Public Register. View Online HMO Licenses and Applications

Other Relevant Pages

The Safety of Goods in Rented Accommodation

Page last updated: 
21 August 2018
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