As of 1st October 2018, every HMO occupied by five or more people and forming two or more separate households will require a licence regardless of the number of storeys at the property.
This replaces previous requirements, where an HMO licence was only required for a property comprising of three or more storeys.
The following steps explain how to apply for an HMO Licence and the process an application will go through before a licence is granted.
Applicants must complete and submit a separate application form for each HMO that needs a licence.
Application forms can be downloaded from the GOV.UK website which includes easy to follow 'how to' guidance, see:
Application forms on the GOV.UK website can either be:
Alternatively you can contact the Environmental Health service and ask for an HMO Licence application to be sent to you.
Please allow 8-10 weeks from the date of submission for your licence application to be processed - this may vary depending on demand.
PLEASE NOTE: only valid applications will be processed. A valid application must include the following documents:
Once a completed application and correct fee has been received we will send you an acknowledgement and then contact the person you have designated (if not you) and arrange to inspect the property - access to all rooms and communal areas is required.
A property inspection will be carried out by the Environmental Health team.
A list of required works (if appropriate) will be sent to the applicant.
Basildon Council will decide if the applicant is a 'fit and proper person' Convictions relating to housing law, violence, sexual, drug and fraud offences or unlawful discrimination will be taken into account. Submitted documents (e.g., landlord accreditation certificate, gas safety record etc.) will be examined.
Once suitability of the property and licence holder is determined, a draft licence will be sent to you and any relevant parties for comment (e.g. mortgage company). Representations must be made within 14 days.
If representations are received, the Council will consider them and amend the licence if appropriate and Step 6 is repeated. If no representations are made, the licence is not amended.
Basildon Council will issue the licence that includes mandatory and discretionary conditions. A copy must be displayed in the property. Details will be entered into the public register including the property name and address and licence holder name, address and contact details.
HMO licence fees are split into two payments - Application fee and Maintenance fee. The Application fee is payable on submission of the application and the maintenance fee upon granting of the licence.
A discount of 15% of the application fee will be granted to landlords who have signed up to an accreditation scheme.
Renewal Applications and Fees
More information can be found in The Council's. (Page 75)
Important, please note the following:-
An HMO licence will only be granted if:
Tacit Consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.
If your application is refused and you wish to appeal, please contact us in the first instance. Appeals must be made to a first tier tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.
Once your licence has been granted, the details will be entered onto the public register. You cannot transfer a licence. If you sell your HMO, the new owner will have to apply for a licence of their own.