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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

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6. HMO Licencing: Refunds, changes and appeals Refunds


You will only be entitled to a refund of your HMO licence fee if:

  • your property does not need a licence at the time of application, for example it falls under one of the exemptions
  • you make a duplicate application

You are not entitled to a refund if:

  • your property needs to be licensed at the time of application
  • you subsequently sell the property during the licence period

If you're not satisfied with the decision on a licence application, you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 28 days.

Once a licence is granted, there are separate procedures for varying or revoking it.

You cannot transfer a HMO licence. If you need to change the licence holder, the new licence holder needs to make a new licence application and pay the fee.