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Penalties if you do not have a licence

If you deliberately avoid licensing, the Council will consider taking action using all the powers available. You could face:

  • prosecution, which carries an unlimited fine
  • fines of up to £30,000
  • management orders, where the Council takes over the management of the HMO
  • rent repayment orders, where you'll have to pay back up to 12 months of rent you collected

In addition, if the Council discovers an unlicensed HMO, we could charge an additional 30 per cent in licence fee when you apply for the licence. This is to cover the costs of finding the unlicensed HMO.

Read the enforcement policy for private sector housing