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What will happen if I do not make a licence application?

If you continue to be in control of a licensable HMO and do not submit an application for a licence you will be committing a criminal offence and could face a civil penalty of up to £30,000 or, if convicted in the magistrates court, an unlimited fine.

Both the council and your tenants may also apply to the residential property tribunal to make a rent repayment order. If a rent repayment order is granted, you would be required to pay back the rent for the period during which the HMO was unlicensed.

You will also be unable to issue your tenants with a notice to quit under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 whilst the HMO remains unlicensed.