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Mandatory HMO licensing in North Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

The council charges £650 for the first 5 year licence and £550 to renew for a further 5 years.

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Apply for a house in multiple occupancy licence.

Regardless of the number of stories a property has, all HMO's with five or more residents must possess a HMO licence from the local authority.

A 10 per cent discount applies for landlords committing to the standards required by the Landlords' Local Authority Partnership or one of the three main national landlord associations. Fees for members are therefore reduced to £585 for a new licence and £495 for a renewal.

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

Landlord Local Authority Partnership 

Residential Landlord Association 

National Landlords Association 

Guild of Residential Landlords 

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