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Mandatory HMO licensing in Christchurch

The cost of a new licence is £695 for a property up to 10 units. There is an additional charge of £15 per unit above 10.

If applications are returned incomplete or additional works are undertaken to investigate unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation, additional costs will be charged at an hourly rate to recover all reasonable expenses incurred by the authority.

The renewal of an existing licence is charged at the rate of £595, assuming there are no major changes to the property or its occupancy. If a DBS check is requested, this will incur an additional fee of approximately £60, however, we not carry out this check for all applications so please do not add this cost to the renewal fee. If we feel it appropriate to carry out a DBS check we will inform you, in writing, with the application pack. The licence renewal will also be for a five-year term.

Licence summary

Licence summary
Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made to the local housing authority.
A fee maybe charged.
You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

 
Regulation summary  A summary of regulations relating to this licence
Application evaluation process  

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
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory
Will tacit consent apply? No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from your local authority within 28 days, please contact them.
Failed application redress  

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.
You may appeal to a residential property tribunal.
Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence holder redress  

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.
You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence.
Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Consumer complaint If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.
Trade associations  

British Property Federation (BFP)
National Federation of Property Professionals

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Apply for a house in multiple occupancy licence.

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