HMO Compliance & Licensing

S J Treloar & Associates are experienced in undertaken HMO compliance and licensing assessments.  Undertaken in house by Stephen Treloar, S J Treloar & Associates provide advice and consultancy to large scale HMO / Hostel providers.

Mandatory licensing is required for large high risk HMO’s. Local Authorities also have the discretion to licence other categories of HMO’s, which are defined under the Housing Act 2004 described as;

“a property which is occupied by more than one household that share bathrooms or cooking facilities with other households” and “a property which comprises self contained flats, but which fails to meet the minimum standard of the 1991 Building Regulations”

There are some exemptions from the definitions and SJ Treloar & Associates can offer further guidance on whether our clients properties are HMO’s under the Housing Act.

The Act also replaces the current Fitness Standard with the new Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and is applicable to all HMO’s.


Obtaining a licence.

After 6th April 2006 landlords must apply and pay for licences for HMO’s which will be granted by the Local Authority subject to a property inspection. The Local Authority will only issue the licence if the landlord is a ‘fit and proper person’ and if the property is of a suitable standard for occupation.

Operating an HMO without a licence may render the Landlord to a fine of up to £20,000.

Mandatory licensing schemes. HMO’s which comprise three or more storeys and are occupied by five or more people will be subject to mandatory licensing.

Additional licensing schemes. Local Authorities have the power to implement additional licensing schemes where they are aware of current problems with HMO’s in their authority. Local Authorities have to obtain consent from the Secretary of State for any licensing schemes they wish to implement.


Contents of a licence.

A licence will specify the maximum number of occupants; the condition of the property; details of how the property is managed and also detail any requirements for specified works to be undertaken.

SJ Treloar & Associates can advise existing and new clients on how HMO licensing affects them.

We provide consultation, advice, inspection and project management in respect of mandatory HMO licensing, additional HMO licensing, Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), HMO exemption, application and management.

To see how S J Treloar can help you, please contact us on 01993 883510 or email us at

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