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It is an offence for the landlord or person in control of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO):
A landlord, or person acting on his behalf, operating an unlicensed HMO faces a fine of up to £20,000 and a criminal record. Breaking any of the license conditions can result in fines of up to £5,000. We may also apply to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for a Rent Repayment Order to recover any housing benefit that has been paid in respect of the property for the previous year.
If you apply for a licence and we consider that you are not a “fit and proper” person to grant a licence to we may decide not to grant one. We will normally only refuse to grant a licence if we think that there are serious difficulties surrounding the HMO, its management or the fitness of the applicant to be involved in its management. We will try to resolve any difficulties amicably before refusing and we will set out the reasons for our refusal. If we don’t grant a licence we will consult you and other relevant persons beforehand and take your views into account.
If you are unhappy with the decision you have a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
We are under a duty, when a licence cannot be granted, to make an interim management order to take over the management of the property.
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