Houses in multiple occupancy
Consultation on proposed selective licensing scheme
We are consulting on a proposed selective licensing scheme for private rented housing in Liverpool in 2021. The scheme would cover areas of the city that have high levels of privately rented homes and acute problems with complaints.
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Apply for or renew an HMO licence
Do I need an HMO licence?
If your answer to any of the questions below is 'no' you do not need a HMO licence.
- Do you privately rent a property within Liverpool City Council's boundaries?
- Is the property occupied by five or more unrelated people? Please include children and babies.
- Do two or more separate households live in the property?
- Do the occupants of the property share a bathroom, kitchen or WC?
Following the Hemming and Gaskin court cases, we have changed the way our fees are charged. The first payment is a non-refundable administration fee. The second payment is for compliance and must be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted.
All fees are for new licences and renewals.
- Up to six units of accommodation: £980.
Payment 1 - £392 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £588 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
7-12 units of accommodation: £1,103
Payment 1 - £441.20 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £661.80 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
13-20 units of accommodation: £1,144
Payment 1 - £457.60 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £686.40 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
21+ units of accommodation: £1,186
Payment 1 - £474.40 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £711.60 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
Before you start
It is the responsibility of the property owner, manager or managing agent to make sure that the property has a valid HMO licence at all times.
We may contact landlords when a licence is due to expire, however it is your responsibility to renew it.
Apply for or renew an HMO licence online
You can now apply for or renew an HMO licence online using our licensing and regulations portal LAR.
- register and create an account on LAR
- go to ‘Apply For A Licence’ in the left hand menu and select ‘HMO Licence - Initial’ for a new application, or ‘HMO Licence - Renewal’ for a renewal.
Once you have an account, you can also track the progress of your application and make payments too.
Payment cards we accept
We accept Visa Credit, Visa Debit, UK Maestro, International Maestro, MasterCard, Electron and JCB and you must be registered with 3D Secure (also known as verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode) for your payment to be authorised.
Apply by post
If you want an application form posted to you, you will need pay a £30 charge upfront. Additional copies sent out at the same time will cost £10 each. See above for a list of payment cards we accept.
Please email@example.com with the property address and your receipt number once you have paid, using the button below. A form will not be sent out without this payment. Forms sent without prior payment will not be processed.
Completed forms must be returned to us by email or firstname.lastname@example.org posted to:Private Sector Housing
How long will the licence last?
Licences can be granted for up to five years. A licence application will be reviewed and could be made shorter if:
- a property has been unlicensed for any period when it should have been licensed
- we have recent evidence that it has been poorly managed
- you do not respond to notices or request for information from us
This list is not exhaustive and there are others issues that may mean we grant a licence for a shorter period.
Help and advice
We can only provide advice and guidance over the phone at the moment. The charge is service is £81.30 per hour - the minimum appointment length is two hours.
Please contact email@example.com to arrange an appointment. Do not delay making an application for a licence while waiting for this service.