Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme
Changes to HMO licence conditions from 1st October 2018
From 1st October 2018 landlords must have an HMO licence if:
- five or more tenants live in their property and
- these tenants are split into two or more unrelated ‘households’ or groups e.g. a couple and a family of three and
- these tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen
A new licence condition also introduces minimum bedroom sizes for HMO properties.
Please contact us if you have five or more tenants in a property. We will convert your landlord licence to an HMO licence free of charge.
Fees, discounts and exemptions
How much will a licence cost?
First property: £412
Each additional property: £360
Discount for members of one of our approved co-regulation organisations: £206
Properties with an HMO licence are exempt. There are also a number of other circumstances which may mean you do not have to licence a property.
The three organisations below are our 'co-regulators' who work with us to make sure their members meet our licence conditions.
- Association of Residential Letting Agents.
- National Approved Letting Scheme.
- Residential Landlords Association Co-regulation Scheme
How do I claim a member discount?
If you are a member of one of the organisations above, you’ll get a unique reference number when you opt into their co-regulating conditions. This number allows you to apply for a Landlord Licence at a discounted rate.
The discount is made possible because you have already committed to meeting certain standards and we have fewer compliance checks to make as a result.
Can a member discount be refused?
You must be a member before you apply for a licence - we cannot offer 'retrospective' discounts. If you stop being a member we will recover the full fee.
We have the right to refuse a discount - for instance if action has been, or is being, taken against you in respect of an unlicensed property you want to licence.
The final decision rests with us, but if you are unhappy with our decision you can use the council's complaints procedure to tell us why.