As part of the HMO licensing application process, Walsall Council will require that independent background checks are undertaken for all proposed licence holders and managers of HMOs.
All applications must be accompanied by a copy of the Basic Disclosure Certificate (from Disclosure Scotland). This change is reflected on the revised application form which has been published at https://go.walsall.gov.uk/houses_in_multiple_occupation
Where a company is applying to be either the licence holder and/or manager, each Company Director / Partner will be required to undertake a Basic Disclosure.
The Disclosure Certificate can be obtained by completing an application at
You will need to submit a copy of the disclosure with your HMO application and you should keep a copy of the original disclosure for the duration of the licence.
Houses in multiple Occupation
The council is responsible for checking Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) to make sure they are in a satisfactory and safe condition, have satisfactory means of escape from fire, have adequate kitchens and bathrooms and have adequate space and proper management.
What is a HMO?
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a dwelling which is occupied by three or more people, forming two or more households, as their only or main residence and where some of those households share one or more basic amenities.
Shared houses, occupied by three or more people
A house let as individual bed sitting rooms
A group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants
Hostels, some hotels, guesthouses
Lodgings, and shared houses
Some houses converted into self-contained flats
Definition of a single household
A single household is a group of people who are members of the same family, either living together as a couple or close relatives.
Most students lets, professionals sharing, buildings containing bed-sits or non-self contained flats or indeed any other property with three or more unrelated tenants sharing facilities is likely to be an HMO.
What are the standards?
HMO will have to meet the Council's standards, these include:
means of escape in case of fire and other fire precautions (See Homestamp)
amenities such as kitchens,
overcrowding with regards to the number and size of rooms
general suitability for occupation
furniture fire safety
for up to 4 occupiers, there must be at least one bathroom and toilet (which can be in the bathroom) and where reasonably practicable there must be a wash hand basin with appropriate splash back in each unit.
for five or more occupiers, there must be at least one bathroom for every 5 sharers, and a separate toilet for every 5 sharers and where reasonably practicable there must be a wash hand basin with appropriate splash back in each unit.
for licensable HMOs they must have an EPC rating of a minimum of E banding
Additional standards for food provision
If you propose to provide your residents with food (i.e. breakfasts etc) you will need to register as a Food Business Establishment. You can do this using the following link:
HMO licenses will not be approved and issued for HMOs where food provision is proposed until Food Business Establishment registration has been secured.