An inspection will not be required before a licence is granted.
However, the council has a legal duty to ensure that properties are free from hazards and, in most cases, that will require at least one inspection.
The licence fee includes the average cost of one inspection of every licensed HMO in a five year period. If hazards, management failures or failures to comply with licence conditions are identified during the licensing inspection the cost of any follow-up work by the council will not be included in the licence fee. This is because there are other ways for us to recover our costs directly from the landlord of a non-compliant HMO without passing that cost to all licence holders.