Houses in multiple occupation HMO

Exemptions, evaluating applications, and appeals

You can verify if you are exempt from HMO licences by using the following resources:

Under certain circumstances it is possible to apply for a temporary exemption from licensing for a period of three months. This is to allow landlords who have unexpectedly found that their property needs a licence a short period of exemption to put the situation right.

The council will consider a TEN request where:
  • The applicant outlines steps with a view to securing that that property is no longer required to be licenced. Evidence will be required in most instances such as a house purchase contract with vacant possession.
  • There is a reasonable prospect of the proposed course of action being achieved within three months.
  • There is no threat to the existing tenants in the building or risk that they will be treated unfairly or made homeless.
  • The TEN is not used as an alternative to licensing, for example where a HMO is being created for a short term period.
  • The TEN is not being used to avoid enforcement proceedings or civil proceedings against the landlord. 
Licences will be granted if:
  • The house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation.
  • The applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence.
  • Any proposed manager, having control of the house, is a fit and proper person to be the manager.
  • The management arrangements are satisfactory.

Appealing a HMO licence

There is a consultation period before the licence is issued where interested persons can make representations about the application.

If your application is not successful, please contact our team first at EH-OSU@rbkc.gov.uk.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.

Last updated: 24 February 2022