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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

What is an HMO?

Under the Housing Act 2004 an HMO is:

HMO Licensing

If an HMO is not licensed when it should be, the person having control of or managing the HMO commits a criminal offence punishable by an unlimited fine (previously £20,000)

Public Notice in Respect of The Introduction of an Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation in the County Borough Of Wrexham

Mandatory Licensing

The Housing Act 2004 provides for the mandatory licensing of certain HMOs.

Generally an HMO will need a mandatory licence if it is:

Additional licensing

The Wrexham County Borough Council Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Scheme 2016 started on the 1 November 2016.

The scheme covers all HMOs except those subject to Mandatory Licensing or exempt under the relevant sections of the Housing Act 2004.

The Wrexham County Borough Council Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Scheme 2011 came to an end on 31 October 2016. Licenses issued under this scheme remain valid, unless revoked, until the expiry date on the licence. Prior to the expiry of a licence it will be necessary to apply for a licence under the 2016 Scheme.

Applying for a Licence

HMO Licensing Application Form

The prescribed standards are in addition to the requirements under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

Exempt properties

Some types of buildings are exempt from licensing, these include:

Licence Conditions

Allowing a HMO to be occupied by more households or persons than permitted under the licence is a criminal offence punishable by an unlimited fine (previously £20,000)

Each breach of a licence condition is an offence that is punishable by an unlimited fine (previously £20,000)

Management Regulations

Each breach of a regulation is an offence that is punishable by an unlimited fine (previously £20,000)

Visit Law Wales for further information or contact Environmental Health and Housing Standards at hmo@wrexham.gov.uk or on 01978 292040.

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