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 1 August 2014 the additional licensing scheme will be amended to include  all wards in the London Borough of Croydon. This means that all properties occupied by three or more people in two or more households are licensable HMO's regardless of the number of storeys.

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 introducing 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

Any landlord, person managing or tenant within Croydon should seek advice from the HMO

Further information

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

HMO Team, 3rd Floor (zoneD), bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk , Croydon CR0 1EA.
Tel: 020 8726 6100 ext 63837
Email: hmo@croydon.gov.uk
Minicom: 020 8760 5797

Contact Details

Housing Standards and Enforcement Team
Department Adult Services, Health and Housing
Telephone 020 8726 6100 ext. 63837
Email HMO@croydon.gov.uk
Address Croydon Council
3rd floor zone D
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint walk
Croydon
CR0 1EA

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