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Licence fee

The fee depends on factors such as the number of habitable rooms (rooms used for sleeping or flats in a self-contained block). When you apply, we'll automatically calculate this. You can also refer to the table below:

HMO licence fees
Fee type Cost
Standard £400 per unit 
Member of a landlord's professional association or accreditation scheme £332 per unit
Enhanced (where the Council have discovered the HMO use and written to the property owner/landlord) - no discounts apply £520 per unit
Standard rate for applications for renewing a licence  £315 per unit
Member of a landlord's professional association or accreditation scheme rate for applications for renewing a licence  £278 per unit
Assistance with completing an application £150 each

The fees are VAT-exempt. The cost of the fees is a valid business expense for tax purposes.

Fees are used to cover the cost of administering and enforcing the licensing scheme and are reviewed regularly.

You'll have to pay using a credit or debit card when you apply for a licence. Unfortunately business credit cards and American Express are not accepted.

We split the licence fee into administration costs and enforcement costs. 

Payments for the licence(s) will be made in two parts, one at the end of the online application process, which will be taken electronically and the final payment prior to the issue of the licence (if granted), which will be taken by card payment over the phone.

There are no instalment plans available. There are no discounts for multiple applications.

Should the second payment not be made following reminders, the licence application will be rejected and enforcement action may be considered. In such circumstances the first part fee already paid is not refundable.

Examples of landlords' professional or accreditation bodies

Please note that this is not a complete list. If your organisation is not on the list, email hmo-licensing@royalgreenwich.gov.uk to check if it's eligible for a discount.

Examples of professional landlord and accreditation bodies include: