Changes to HMO licensing

Following legislation introduced, from 1 October 2018 any landlord who lets a property to 5 or more people – from 2 or more separate households – must be licensed by their local housing authority. The number of storeys of the property will no longer apply.

The license fee will vary between Local Authorities, for example :

Norwich : The fee is split into two parts, £40 for the application fee and £140 for the scheme’s running costs.
This will be an ANNUAL fee instead of the previous 5 year license paid in full.

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney : The fee is £655.00 plus £21.00 for every bedroom over five, for a 5 year license

Some Local Authorities still have not published on their website the changes in legislation (for example Great Yarmouth and North Norfolk), please check with them as comes into force from 1st October 2018