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When you have submitted a complete House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) application to us, we will check that it has been correctly completed and signed and that you have attached all the necessary additional information requested, along with the licence fee payable.
If there are any things you may have missed we will contact you to tell you what these are and ask you to provide them. We would not normally proceed with issuing a license until we have all the necessary information. In some instances we may need to make further enquiries to decide whether you are a “fit and proper person” to hold the license.
If you have supplied all the necessary information, we will acknowledge this, send you a receipt for the licence fee and ask you to contact us to make a mutually convenient appointment to inspect the property. When it is convenient, a Housing Standards Officer will visit the property and check that it complies with the standards for an HMO. They will look at:
The Housing Standards Officer will require you to remedy any defects that may be found during the inspection, but we will give you a reasonable time to do the necessary works.
Once the Housing Standards Officer is satisfied with the condition of the property they will consult you and other relevant persons about the proposed licence they intend to grant. They will allow a minimum of fourteen days for the consultation process. If, following the consultation, the proposed licence is modified we will let you know and give you seven days to comment further before issuing the licence. If you do not respond to the consultation we will assume that your are happy with the proposed license and will then issue a valid license.
We may issue the licence with some conditions attached. If we do we will explain clearly what these are and give you a reasonable time to comply with the conditions.
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