A HMO is any property, house, bungalow, maisonette or flat, that is rented out to three or more people who form two or more households and share facilities like the kitchen or bathroom.
A 'household' could be a single person, or members of the same family living together. This includes people who are married or living together as married (including those in a same-sex relationship). It also includes close relatives and foster children living with foster parents
All HMOs are covered by the HMO Management Regulations and are expected to meet minimum standards with regard to fire protection, numbers of kitchens and bathrooms, room sizes and general repair and safety. Even if you do not require a licence these standards need to be met. For more information on this please look at our.
From the 1 October 2018, changes were made to the legislation which now means that an HMO with five or more people that form two or more households, regardless of how many storeys, requires a licence.
If your property meets all the points listed below, the person having control of the property must have a licence and is committing an offence if they do not have one, this could result in an unlimited fine.
Spelthorne only operates the mandatory scheme under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004, and does not operate any additional or selective licensing schemes.
Your can firstname.lastname@example.org with all the relevant documentation (listed below) attached. To make payment you can either send a cheque with the appropriate fee or we will arrange for someone to call you take payment.( ) and once completed email to
You can also apply and pay online via the GOV.UK website.
To make a valid application you will need to submit with the completed application form with the following :
Without all of the above the application is incomplete and will not be considered. Please make sure you have the correct documents before you make an application.
|Number of occupants||2019/20 charge|
|Up to 6 occupants (application fee £504) (maintenance fee £188)||£692|
|7 to 9 occupants (application fee £555) (maintenance fee £301)||£856|
|10 to 14 occupants (application fee £605) (maintenance fee £335)||£940|
|More than 15 occupants (application fee £655) (maintenance fee £398)||£1,053|
|Penalty for late or incomplete applications||£131|
|Discount for members of an approved landlords association||£33.50|
The full fee can be paid at the time of application, or alternatively the first part of the fee (application), can be paid for the processing of the HMO application.
The remainder of the fee (maintenance) will be payable once the licence has been approved.
If the full fee is paid and the HMO licence is not granted, a refund will be given for the "maintenance" part of the fee.
After your completed application has been submitted we will acknowledge its receipt. We are then obliged to consult various bodies and organisations with an interest in the property eg the fire brigade, your mortgage or finance company (if you have one).
If we consider the property is suitable, and that the person holding the licence is 'fit and proper' and is competent to manage the property, we will issue a draft licence to you and those who have an interest in the property. If all parties find the draft acceptable the licence will be issued.
Within the draft and full licence will be conditions which have to meet. Please read these carefully as they will be a legal requirement and failure to meet these may result in prosecution and you losing the licence.
It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:
Any of the above may result in a magistrate's court imposing unlimited fines or the Council revoking the licence and taking over its management.
The Council or the tenants may also apply to have any rent paid back under Rent Repayment Order for the previous twelve months, if it is an unlicensed HMO.
Please note that from the 6 April 2017 the Government has introduced a system of fixed penalty notices of up to £30,000 per offence for any of the above contraventions including HMO Management Regulation offences.
The Council will process your application as soon as possible, and in the interim you can continue to operate your property as an HMO. This does not mean that tacit consent has been granted. To check the progress of your application please contact us on the details below.
Spelthorne Borough Council has a legal duty to hold aof all of the HMOs it has licensed, and the basic details of the licence will be put on that register.