How HMO licensing application process works

Over the past few years, the HMO regulations in London have changed so much that it can be really hard to stay up to speed with all your local licensing changes. However, as we all know, not being informed about the regulations doesn’t free us from the obligation and responsibility to have our properties in line with the latest regulations.

As one of London’s leading HMO management companies, we have seen many landlords leaving the HMO field simply because of all the new and varied licensing rules. There are so many licensing types, such as mandatory licensing, additional licensing, selective licensing, and Article 4 planning, that it’s easy for one to get lost in it like Alice in Wonderland.

What we have found through our experience however, is that the HMO licensing process is actually very simple and straightforward, and very often landlords are avoiding it simply because it’s something unfamiliar to them.

With this in mind, we have decided to help all landlords who are concerned about the HMO licensing and explain the whole licensing process to switch on some light in this dark room called HMO licensing.

After you have contacted the local council to find out if your property needs licensing or planning, here is how the HMO licensing process works:

  • Firstly, you will need to fill in the HMO licensing application. This is a document where you simply need to provide your details and information about the property. For example; how many rooms the property has, how many bathrooms and wc, what kind of fire safety you have at the property, etc.
  • After you have sent in the HMO licensing application, you have to make the payment for the application. The price you pay varies depending on the council, but the fee will be mentioned in the application itself, as well as the payment methods accepted. In most cases a cheque will suffice.
  • After the application has been sent out, the council will contact you to arrange a visit to the property. Some councils do not visit the properties, but most councils do.
  • During the visit, the HMO officer will make notes and he might even give you some suggestions during the visit.
  • After the visit, the council will consult with fire officers and other experts and prepare a draft license. The draft license it will state the proposed changes and improvements required and the time-frame these should be completed in.
  • After receiving the draft license you have 14 days to ask any questions or propose any changes to the draft license. Most councils are very open to negotiations so don’t be afraid to propose any changes to the license.
  • After both parties have agreed on the draft license terms, the council will issue the license. Most councils will issue the license from the beginning and revisit the property when the improvement works are due to be completed. However, some councils will wait until the works are done and only then issue the license.

The most important thing is that, the council cannot fine you for not having the licence, as long as you have submitted an HMO licensing application form.

If you have any other questions with regards of HMO licensing please feel free to contact us.

With Gratitude,
Ilva Pam
www.PrimePropertyCare.com

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Isabelle Marchand
Isabelle Marchand
09:10 02 Dec 18
I was a tenant for PPC for 3 years and always found them very responsive and truly helpful. They have sorted any problem that had come up with the flat every time and with no delay. Would truly recommend!
Yunsuh Huh
Yunsuh Huh
18:49 03 Nov 18
I lived at the flat managed by Prime Property Care ltd. My experience is really amazing! In terms of cost, quality, and location, it was the best deal. I found one close to my office, just like 15 mins away from Bank station but the rent is so affordable. lived there about 2 years. Moving out now since I will get married and need a bigger room but my experience with Prime Property Care ltd is awesome!! I really like them and their service. They know you by your name. You also know them by their name. Hope you can find your home from these people as well!! MANY MANY THANKS to Prime Property Care ltd sincerely!!!
Allan Lewis
Allan Lewis
21:14 16 Oct 18
I have worked for Ilva and Alex for the past 6 years and have always found them to very professional and a pleasure to work for. Reports from the tennents are always complimentary and as a tradesman I find their service and commitment to their business is very professional and of a very higj standard. Highly recommended.
London S
London S
11:58 13 Oct 18
I've known Ilva and Alex for 4 years now. They have been super helpful and making a serious effort to change the letting industry in London. My journey would have been very different without their support. I have connected to so many great people through their events, which I am very grateful for! ~ Elena
Alex Soul
Alex Soul
14:01 08 Oct 18
I just wanted to say how proud I am with our Team and the way they deliver service to all our Tenants and Landlords. At times it can be challenging and difficult, but it is always rewarding to know that we really help our Landlords with getting that peace of mind they deserve, whilst helping and taking care of our tenants to ensure their stay is safe and pleasurable experience. Thank you all! We will keep striving for even better quality, bigger impact and more value in this industry for both Landlords and Tenants. With Gratitude, Alex (Founder)
Andrea Vucetich
Andrea Vucetich
20:02 30 Mar 17
I've been staying with them for 3 months now and given what I've seen around I feel like finding this agency was a veey lucky strike... Nothing exceptional about the house, it's just like in the description, but the price is fair for London average and I yet have to experience a problem with heating, intrusive inspections from landlord/agency or stuff like that... Which for the stories that I've heard around, really is as good as you get, I believe
margot pereira
margot pereira
15:17 26 Sep 15
It has been 6 months that Ilva and Alex are taking care of the flat where I actually live in London, and they are sincerely the best agency I ever met. They are really nice, flexible, comprehensive, and are concerned about the welfare of the tenants. In my case, they renovated all the flat held by a previous agency who let the flat in poor conditions. It is a pleasure to be in contact with these human persons, who are not establishing ridiculous rules in order to make money as I saw in previous agencies. I highly recommend their services :-) Margot.P
margot pereira
margot pereira
15:17 26 Sep 15
It has been 6 months that Ilva and Alex are taking care of the flat where I actually live in London, and they are sincerely the best agency I ever met. They are really nice, flexible, comprehensive, and are concerned about the welfare of the tenants. In my case, they renovated all the flat held by a previous agency who let the flat in poor conditions. It is a pleasure to be in contact with these human persons, who are not establishing ridiculous rules in order to make money as I saw in previous agencies. I highly recommend their services :-) Margot.P
Aarti Shah
Aarti Shah
22:01 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care for managing one of my properties for over 2 years. Never have my tenants felt so happy and well cared for by Ilva and Alex's warm and friendly approach. Their attention to detail and genuine passion for the service they provide to tenants makes an ordinary rented house into a comfortable living home. I could not recommend them highly enough.
Aarti Shah
Aarti Shah
22:01 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care for managing one of my properties for over 2 years. Never have my tenants felt so happy and well cared for by Ilva and Alex's warm and friendly approach. Their attention to detail and genuine passion for the service they provide to tenants makes an ordinary rented house into a comfortable living home. I could not recommend them highly enough.
Thor Portess
Thor Portess
20:14 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care's property management services for the past 3 years and have been in the property industry for 17yrs to date. Ilva and Alex provide a first class service and are ethical in their business practice. I've only had one problem tenant and Prime Property dealt with this situation both professionally and efficiently. Together with my tenants and business partners, we are very happy with Prime Properties services and are happy to recommend them. Thor Portess, London
Thor Portess
Thor Portess
20:14 24 Sep 15
I have used Prime Property Care's property management services for the past 3 years and have been in the property industry for 17yrs to date. Ilva and Alex provide a first class service and are ethical in their business practice. I've only had one problem tenant and Prime Property dealt with this situation both professionally and efficiently. Together with my tenants and business partners, we are very happy with Prime Properties services and are happy to recommend them. Thor Portess, London
Andreea Pavaloiu
Andreea Pavaloiu
19:53 16 Sep 15
When I first moved to the apartment it was not managed by Ilva. I cannot and do not want to remember the previous management agency. Needless to say they charged ridiculous fees for services they provided when they were no longer needed. And then the change in management occured and things finally started to look and feel normal, as standards grew. Ilva was extraordinarily committed to doing all the necessary work in the house, while also providing for our security and comfort. She was really understanding and present and made sure everything was done properly and in a short amount of time. Extremely kind, respectful and professional, she turned the property into a home. Soooo thank you so much for all the help. I totally recommend the agency for high quality accommodation in London. Best wishes, Andreea
Yury Khreptovich
Yury Khreptovich
21:11 08 Sep 15
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Yury Khreptovich
Yury Khreptovich
21:11 08 Sep 15
The way this guys operate makes you fill that you in the good hands. Definitely will recommend to others. Keep up the good work!
Nelson Velosa
Nelson Velosa
17:58 04 Sep 15
We have known Alex and Ilva for many years. And it is hard to believe what the previous review said. When we used to live in England they helped us with our property needs. Now we work together. We have some properties in Portugal and guys always try to find the right buyers or tenants for us. When we were buying our own apartment, their advises were very useful and helpful. They work fast and very professionally and sometimes I surprise a lot how these young people can know so much and have so rich experiment. I strongly recommend to rely on their values and services they provide.
Nelson Velosa
Nelson Velosa
17:58 04 Sep 15
We have known Alex and Ilva for many years. And it is hard to believe what the previous review said. When we used to live in England they helped us with our property needs. Now we work together. We have some properties in Portugal and guys always try to find the right buyers or tenants for us. When we were buying our own apartment, their advises were very useful and helpful. They work fast and very professionally and sometimes I surprise a lot how these young people can know so much and have so rich experiment. I strongly recommend to rely on their values and services they provide.
K Kodra
K Kodra
13:35 04 Sep 15
I know Alex for over 10 years now and I know Ilva very well as well. They do put all the positive energy into what they do and stay highly committed to their hight ethical values. Growing business is not easy and for the last 3 years I have seen they have been doing exceptionally well helping Tenants and Landlords to find best solutions for their property needs in London. They have also advised me personally on a number of occasions with regards to purchasing and renting my own properties. I definitely rely on their values and services they provide. Kim
K Kodra
K Kodra
13:35 04 Sep 15
I know Alex for over 10 years now and I know Ilva very well as well. They do put all the positive energy into what they do and stay highly committed to their hight ethical values. Growing business is not easy and for the last 3 years I have seen they have been doing exceptionally well helping Tenants and Landlords to find best solutions for their property needs in London. They have also advised me personally on a number of occasions with regards to purchasing and renting my own properties. I definitely rely on their values and services they provide. Kim
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