If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupancy (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority.
If you rent out or intend to rent out a house in multiple occupation which has three or more storeys and occupied by five or more people (who form more than one household) then you are required to have a licence.
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a building where the people who live there, do not live together as a single household. These properties are occupied by households or individuals who live independently of each other. The most common types of HMOs are:
Applications must be made to Stockton Council. Applications can be made online. Your application will not be processed until all the accompanying attachments and HMO licence fee are received.
The basic licence fee is £250 per unit of accommodation. To calculate the fee multiply the number of units of accommodation by £250, for example the licence fee for a HMO with 5 units of accommodation will be £1,250.
For landlords who are members of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Landlord Accreditation Scheme the licence fee is discounted to £200 per unit of accommodation.
A unit of accommodation means a room such as a bedsit room, a self contained flat (that has been deemed to be part of a HMO), a bedroom in a shared house, flat or hostel.
The Council will undertake checks to ensure that the proposed licence holder and others managing the HMO (or any people associated with them) are 'fit and proper' people. In deciding whether someone is fit and proper the Council will take in to account:
Licences will be granted if:
Apply for a house in multiple occupancy licence. You should also use this application if an existing licence holder has changed.
The application must be submitted with several supporting documents. Your application will not be processed until all the required attachments are received.
The appropriate licence fee must also be paid electronically at the time of on-line application.
If you wish to submit an application offline, print the HMO Licence Application Form and submit it to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, along with all necessary supporting documents, plus a cheque for the appropriate licence fee. Your application will not be complete until the supporting documents and HMO licence fee are received.
This form should be used if the circumstances regarding your HMO change during the licence period, for example, the number of rooms available for letting changes.
This form should be used if an existing HMO licence is due to be renewed.
If you need help in completing your application then you can pay a fee to Stockton Council who will assist you with the application to ensure it is correct (this will include the production of scaled plan drawings of the property). The amount you will be required to pay will depend upon the number of units of accommodation - HMO licence fees.
You should not assume that you can proceed and operate your HMO if you have not received a decision from us. We must process your application fully before permission can be granted. We will let you know if your application has been successful within 120 days. Please contact us if you have not heard from us after 120 days has passed.
If your licence application is refused you can make representations to Stockton Council in the first instance. You may also appeal to a residential property tribunal.
If we still refuse your licence application then you can appeal to the First-tier tribunal – Property Chamber (Residential Property). This must be done within 28 days of the decision to refuse your application being made.
Manchester - Northern Region Address: Residential Property
Tel: 0161 237 9491
Fax: 01264 785 128
If you would like to complain about the way your licence application has been dealt with please contact us 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.
As a licence holder you may have cause to make a complaint regarding a number of matters. Listed below are the details of some of the organisations that may be able to help.
You may find that the following trade association is able to offer helpful advice: