How much does an HMO licence cost?
The cost of a licence depends on the type of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) being licensed, and the number of persons, or units, in the property.
The Council charges a fee in order to cover the administration costs of the licence procedure, and the resources needed to regularly inspect licensable properties. We work with other local authorities to produce a consistent approach to setting licence fees. If you would like more information about how licence fees are calculated, please contact the HMO team.
The following guide gives an indication of fees for licensing each of the three categories of HMOs. Once your application has been submitted, your licence fee will be calculated and you will be sent an invoice.
Licence fee discounts
The discretionary 6 month period allowed at the beginning of the additional licensing scheme, during which applications were subject to an additional 15% early application discount has expired, and standard fees now apply.
10% licensing fee discounts are available for landlords/freeholders who are licensing multiple properties, or are members of certain accreditation schemes. Should both of these apply, the applicant will be eligible to the maximum 20% discount for each application being made.
The HMO Licensing team will be carrying out a program of proactive street surveys to identify properties that require licensing. If we find a licensable HMO for which an application has not been made, a 30% increase on the standard fee will be applied. Therefore if you are a landlord, or person otherwise having control of a property that may be licensable, we urge you to contact us for advice as soon as possible.
The 30% uplift on the licence fee for unlicensed HMOs is made in order to cover the additional administrative costs incurred in carrying out proactive street surveys and inspections, and is not to be confused with penalties for failure to apply for a licence. It is an offence, under the Housing Act 2004, for a person having control of a licensable HMO, to fail to apply for a licence, and a person committing such an offence may be liable to a fine of up to £20,000. If prosecuted, they may also be required to pay rents received in respect of the unlicensed property.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for further information about penalties relating to HMO Licensing.
Licence fees from April 2012 (no change from 2011)
These are the standard (non-discount) fees and are intended as a guide only.
Shared house type HMOs
Fees are calculated based on number of persons as follows:
- 3 persons: £841
- 4 persons: £855
- 5 persons: £869
- 6 persons: £883
- 7 persons: £897
- 8 persons: £911
- 9 persons: £925
HMOs containing bedsits and/or self contained flats
Fees are calculated based on number of units as follows:
- 2 units: £981*
- 3 units: £1,037
- 4 units: £1,093
- 5 units: £1,149
- 6 units: £1,205
- 7 units: £1,261
- 8 units: £1,317
- 9 units: £1,373
- 10 units: £1,429
- 11 units: £1,485
- 12 units: £1,542
*Please note: For a property to be an HMO, it must be occupied by 3 or more persons. Therefore a property consisting of 2 self contained flats, with only one person occupying each flat, does not need to be licensed. If you are unsure whether your property requires licensing, please contact the HMO team for details.
HMOs occupied as hostels or guest houses
Fees are calculated based on occupancy level bandings as follows:
- 5 to 10 occupants: £869
- 11 to 20 occupants: £1,149
- 21 to 40 occupants: £1,429
- 41 to 60 occupants: £1,710
- 61 to 80 occupants: £1,990
- 81+ occupants: £2,270
Guide to fees and discounts
The cost of a licence depends on the type of HMO being licensed, and the number of persons, or units, in the property. The Council charges a fee in order to cover the administration costs of the licence procedure, and the resources needed to regularly inspect licensable properties.
The following guide gives an indication of fees for licensing each of the three categories of HMOs:
- Guide to HMO fees and discounts (.pdf 83KB)
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