HMO Mandatory Licensing

If a rented property has three floors and has more than five unrelated people occupying it, who share facilities such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom, then the property must be licensed by the council.

You need to ring  01254 585457 to request an application pack or  you can complete an application form , print it off, sign it and submit with the necessary documentation and  fee (£550 for up to 10 lets and then £50 per let, thereafter) to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

The licence

The licence will specify the maximum number of people who may live in the HMO. It will also include conditions concerning the following, which apply to every licence:

  • A valid current gas safety record, which is renewed annually, must be provided.
  • All electrical appliances and furniture are kept in a safe condition.
  • All smoke alarms are correctly positioned and installed.
  • Each occupier must have a written statement of the terms on which they occupy the property, for example, a tenancy agreement.

 

The Council may also apply the following conditions:

  • Restrictions or prohibitions on the use of parts of the HMO by occupants.
  • A requirement that the condition of the property, its contents, such as furniture and all facilities and amenities, bathroom and toilets for example, are in good working order.
  • A requirement for specified works or repairs to be carried out within a particular timeframe.
  • A requirement that the responsible person attends an approved training course.

 

Penalties

It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:

  • Fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property or;
  • Allows a property to be occupied by more people than are permitted under the licence.

An unlimited fine may be imposed. In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in fines of up to £5,000.

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