Changes to licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Changes will affect landlords of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) from 1 October 2018.

New regulations around the licensing of HMOs will come into force from 1 October 2018. This was agreed by the government on 23 February 2018.

Forest of Dean District Council Cabinet Member Cllr Chris McFarlingsays: “The new regulations are part of a wider UK government initiative in an attempt to tackle the issue of poor housing conditions in the private rented sector.

“We’d encourage anyone letting property in our District with any house or flat(s) that are let to five or more tenants, from two or more households, to apply for their new licence now, to avoid any penalties.”

For more information about HMO licences and how to apply, visit the council’s website:  or contact the built environment team on 01242 264119.

There is an unlimited fine payable for not having an appropriate licence, replacing a previous civil penalty charge of up to £20,000.  Other potential penalties include prosecution, as well as repayment of rent for landlords without a licence. 

The full legislation can be read here: