Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

The London Borough of Croydon designation of an area for additional licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) 2010

Currently, HMO's of three or more storeys and with five or more occupants must be licensed under the Government’s mandatory licensing scheme.

From 24 August 2010 most of Croydon will be included in an Additional Licensing Scheme which will run concurrently with the mandatory licensing scheme.

This means that subject to specific exclusions contained in the Designation, all properties occupied by three or more people in two or more households are licensable HMO's regardless of the number of storeys.

The designation applies to the electoral wards of Addiscombe, Ashburton, Bensham Manor, Broad Green, Coulsdon East, Coulsdon West, Croham, Fairfield, Heathfield, Kenley, Norbury, Purley, Sanderstead, Selhurst, South Norwood, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, Waddon, West Thornton, and Woodside.

Additional licensing operates in exactly the same way as mandatory licensing and has the same legal status as well as the same penalties for non-compliance.

The reasons for wishing to introduce additional licensing are as follows:

  • To build on the success of the mandatory licensing scheme which has improved the licensable stock and for a while greatly reduced the number of "rogue" landlords. Some of these rogue landlords have reappeared as landlords of unlicensable HMO's.
  • To support the council's crime reduction strategy by making irresponsible landlords accountable for their tenants' anti-social behaviour and reducing large scale fraud and people trafficking.
  • To protect vulnerable tenants from rogue landlords whose activities have increased over the past two years

The designation may be inspected by clicking on the link below.

Any landlord, person managing or tenant within the designated area should seek advice from the HMO Team on whether their property is affected by the designation.

Further information

More information and advice regarding the 'Additional Licensing Scheme' as well as license application forms, maybe obtained from:

HMO Team, 13th floor, Northside, Taberner House, Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DH.
Tel: 020 8726 6100 ext 63837
Minicom: 020 8760 5797

Contact Details

HMO Team
Department Adult Services, Health and Housing
Telephone 020 87266100 ext. 63837
Address Croydon Council
13th Floor North Side,
Taberner House
Park Lane

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