Important changes to HMO licensing legislation came into effect across England on 1 October 2018
From 1 October 2018, all houses in multiple occupation (HMO) with five or more tenants, forming more than one household, must have a council granted HMO licence, regardless of the height of the building.
Previous licensing only applied to HMOs of three or more storeys.
Failing to obtain a licence is a criminal offence that may result in prosecution, or being issued with a fixed penalty of up to £30,000.
If you are the landlord of a HMO that is yet to be licensed, please contact the housing regulation team, either by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01753 875431 to register and make an application.
More information about HMO licensing can be found on the gov.uk website.
Your home is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if both of the following apply:
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:
Anyone who owns or manages a HMO that meets the above criteria must apply to the council for a licence. Instructions and advice on how to apply can be found in the attached application pack.
A HMO licensing fee is £950 (£650 for processing and £300 for enforcement).
Properties with more than seven bedrooms will incur a fee of £30 per additional room.
*Accommodation used by full-time students while they are studying is taken to be their main residence.
Telephone: 01753 475111 (option 3)
Email: Privatesectorhousing@slough.gov.uk or
Write to: Housing Regulation Team, Hawker House, Heathrow Business Park, Heron Drive, Langley, Slough, SL3 8XP.