Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) have three or more storeys and are occupied by:
- five or more people
- two or more households
If you have or would like to set up a licensable HMO, then you must apply to the council for a licence. A licence lasts up to five years.
Operating a licensable HMO without a licence or breaching any conditions attached to a licence is a serious criminal offence for which the Council may issue a civil penalty of up to £30,000 or take prosecution action that could result in an unlimited fine upon summary conviction.
If you are unsure if your property needs a licence then please contact us.
New Application Fee - £1143
New Application Fee Registered Charities - £914
Renewal Fee - £951
Renewal Fee Registered Charities - £761
CHANGES TO MANDATORY LICENSING
In February 2018, the Government announced changes to the current licensing scheme. From October 2018, all HMOs occupied by five or more people from two or more households will require a licence.
If you want to check that an HMO is licensed, HMO Public Register contains all the HMOs that are currently licensed in Watford. Other information, such as the licence holder and conditions on the licence, are also on the register as required by the Housing Act 2004.
The register is updated on a monthly basis.