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HMO licensing fees and other charges

Walsall Council introduced the charging provisions of the Housing Act 2004 in April 2014 to recover the costs of:

the enforcement action against those private sector landlords who fail to meet basic legal requirements and

non-statutory assessment of dwellings for immigration inspections;

assessment of applications for licensable HMO properties;

The council is committed to working with good landlords and will always seek to avoid service of legal notices wherever possible and appropriate.

A review has been undertaken to ensure that fees charged accurately reflect the full costs associated with the work.

Fees and fines from 1 April 2017

Type of Enforcement Action

Fee

Hazard Awareness notice

(Section 28 and 29 Housing Act 2004)

 

Up to 2 bedrooms

£200

3 and / or 4 bedrooms

£225

5 or more bedrooms

£250

 

 

Improvement and suspended Notices

(Section 11 and 12 Housing Act 2004)

 

Up to 2 bedrooms

£275

3 and / or 4 bedrooms

£300

5 or more bedrooms

£325

 

 

Prohibit

ion Orders (including Suspended) and Emergency Remedial Action Notices

(Section 20 21 41 and 43 Housing Act 2004)

 

Up to 2 bedrooms

£325

3 and / or 4 bedrooms

£350

5 or more bedrooms

£375

 

 

Request for a variation of any Housing Act 2004 Notice

£75

 

 

Non-statutory Immigration Property Inspection

 

Up to 2 bedrooms

£100

3 and / or 4 bedrooms

£140

5 or more bedrooms

£160

 

 

Fixed penalty for failure to belong to an approved redress scheme

£5,000

 

 

 

HMO Licence Fees

Discounts for Accredited Landlord

An accreditation discount will be applied if, at the time of applying, the applicant for the HMO licence owns the property and/or is a confirmed member of the Midlands Landlords' Accreditation Scheme or any other recognised national or regional scheme. The Council has the final decision as to whether to recognise any scheme put forward by the applicant.

The accreditation discount to the HMO licence fee will NOT be applied if your application to the accreditation scheme is still pending when you make your HMO application. We will not retrospectively apply the accreditation discount to an existing application and there is no ‘proxy’ entitlement to the accreditation discount by virtue of an ‘association’ between a non- accredited and an accredited member.

HMO Fees from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

There are 2 stages to the fee payment:

Please note: You can still choose to pay the 2nd Stage at the same time as the 1st Stage should you wish to do so.

The first stage fee payment will need to accompany the licence application.

The second stage fee payment will need to be received when the application is complete, enabling us to carry out the necessary checks to enable the notice of intention to issue the licence, but before the final decision to grant the licence is issued.

The Council will contact you (by email) to confirm when 2nd Stage fee is due. You must pay this within 14 days. Please note no licence will be issued without payment being received of the 2nd Stage fee. If you operate an HMO without a licence you may be subject to legal action by the Council.

First HMO Application

Accredited Landlord

1st Stage Fee

2nd Stage Fee

Total

5-6 Persons accommodated

 £665.00

 £225.00

 £890.00

7-8 Persons

 £830.00

 £280.00

 £1,110.00

9-14 Persons

 £1,225.00

 £405.00

 £1,630.00

15-19 Persons

 £1,360.00

 £450.00

 £1,810.00

20-24 Persons

 £1,505.00

 £505.00

 £2,010.00

25-29 Persons

 £1,655.00

 £555.00

 £2,210.00

30 Persons

 £1,805.00

 £600.00

 £2,405.00

Additional Persons charged at (each)

 £70.00

 

 

 

Non- Accredited Landlord

1st Stage Fee

2nd Stage Fee

Total

5-6 Persons accommodated

 £    830.00

 £ 280.00

 £ 1,110.00

7-8 Persons

 £ 1,010.00

 £ 335.00

 £ 1,345.00

9-14 Persons

 £ 1,485.00

 £ 495.00

 £ 1,980.00

15-19 Persons

 £ 1,600.00

 £ 530.00

 £ 2,130.00

20-24 Persons

 £ 1,750.00

 £ 580.00

 £ 2,330.00

25-29 Persons

 £ 1,930.00

 £ 645.00

 £ 2,575.00

30 Persons

 £ 2,110.00

 £ 700.00

 £ 2,810.00

Additional Persons charged at (each)

 £      70.00

 

 

 

How long is my licence valid for?

HMO licences are valid for up to 5 years (and conditions will be attached to it). The decision on whether to grant the full 5 years rests solely with the Council. The Council will normally only issue a licence for a period of 1 Year for all of the following cases:

Your application follows an investigation made by the Council

Your application follows a request made by the Council for you to apply

Where a property should in the opinion of the Council have been licensed previously

There is evidence of previous poor management of a HMO

Your property in the opinion of the Council needed significant improvements before a licence could be considered

Please also note that the council reserves the right to still take relevant legal action against a landlord who has failed to secure a relevant licence.

Renewal of HMO Application

Licence holders renewing a licence for the same property will be charged a ‘renewal fee’, which is lower than the full HMO application licence fee, provided their application is received within time (i.e. their existing licence has not expired). If an application for renewal is received and is either incomplete or received outside the time the full application fee will apply. 

Accredited Landlord

1st Stage Fee

2nd Stage Fee

Total

5-6 Persons accommodated

 £    455.00

 £ 155.00

 £    610.00

7-8 Persons

 £    625.00

 £ 200.00

 £    825.00

9-14 Persons

 £ 1,010.00

 £ 345.00

 £ 1,355.00

15-19 Persons

 £ 1,140.00

 £ 380.00

 £ 1,520.00

20-24 Persons

 £ 1,290.00

 £ 425.00

 £ 1,715.00

25-29 Persons

 £ 1,440.00

 £ 480.00

 £ 1,920.00

30 Persons

 £ 1,595.00

 £ 530.00

 £ 2,125.00

Additional Persons charged at (each)

 £      35.00

 

 £      35.00

Renewal

Non- Accredited Landlord

1st Stage Fee

2nd Stage Fee

Total

5-6 Persons accommodated

 £625.00

 £200.00

 £825.00

7-8 Persons

 £800.00

 £265.00

 £1,065.00

9-14 Persons

 £1,270.00

 £420.00

 £1,690.00

15-19 Persons

 £1,385.00

 £460.00

 £1,845.00

20-24 Persons

 £1,540.00

 £510.00

 £2,050.00

25-29 Persons

 £1,690.00

 £560.00

 £2,250.00

30 Persons

 £1,841.00

 £610.00

 £2,451.00

Additional Persons charged at (each)

 £35.00

 

 £35.00

 

Licence Fee variation: (for example limited to change of manager):

£215 accredited landlord and £215 non-accredited. This is paid in a single payment.

Fee Reduction per property for a landlord / manager for additional HMOs: 

£70 reduction accredited landlord and £70 reduction non-accredited.

This will be applied to the 2nd stage fee (not the 1st stage).

Refunds

There will be not normally be any refunds on HMO application fees.

Any refund will be at the discretion of the Council and are limited to the following two scenarios:

  • Refunds of 1st Stage fees where a duplicate application has been made for a property or
  • Where on review of an application (at 1st Stage) it is decided that the property does not need a license at the time of application (for example, it falls under one of the exemptions).

The refund will be up to 50% of the 1st stage fee paid and 100% of any 2nd stage fee paid . The remainder of the fee will be retained by the Council for the administrative work that has been involved.