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£10K Fine For Not Having An Hmo Licence

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If a property has 3 people or more that aren't a family I think it is classed as an HMO (think of any property where you have individual private rooms, let to indivduals and shared communal areas and facilities). So yes I believe most student lets would classify as HMO.

Edited to add reference:

https://www.gov.uk/house-in-multiple-occupation-licence

Edited by Squeeky

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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

Quite cheap compared to the council tax it's replacing if it was not a HMO.

Should be 3 to 4 times that IMO.

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Quite cheap compared to the council tax it's replacing if it was not a HMO.

Should be 3 to 4 times that IMO.

Doesn't the LL of a HMO pay CT?

RP: In a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) containing bedsits or where tenants are paying rent for individual rooms on individual tenancy agreements, it is the landlord who is liable to pay Council Tax. Rent should be set to take account of the amount the landlord must pay for Council Tax. -

http://www.landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/council-tax

Edited by SarahBell

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The licensing is in addition to council tax.

For an HMO the landlord or the individuals could be liable for the council tax. It seems to depend on the particular council and how you are renting out the property (single rental agreement for the whole property, or individual rental agreements per tenant).

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax/council-tax-and-houses-multiple-occupation-hmos

"As a general rule, a property will be classed as a HMO with the owner liable to pay the Council Tax, where each tenant has his or her own tenancy agreement and only pays rent for part of the property.

The tenants will be liable where there is only one tenancy agreement, with all the tenants names included for the whole of the property, and all of the rent due.

For most properties that fall under the HMO definition it is the rental arrangements that determines whether the landlord or tenants are liable for the Council Tax."

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