HMOs for student and professional accommodation in Oxford
An HMO is a House of Multiple Occupation. The definition in the city of Oxford is that an HMO is a household of 3+ people who form 2 households.
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My HMO needs a licence, what do I do next?
We can do this for you. We will fill out the application and send it to the Council. They will inspect your property and then outline what remedial work or changes need to be made for it to pass the HMO test. We have done a lot of applications and can handle the process quite smoothly now.
Will I automatically get an HMO licence?
No, and that is why HMOs are so controversial. As the presentation shows, the Council has the power to veto your application and restrict the number of HMOs in a particular area. The legislation is driven by residents of East Oxford being unhappy at high volumes of student households in particular roads.
What do you need to gain a licence?
The Oxford City Council website's lists these conditions as the standards for an HMO. We can get estimates for the work required so you know the total cost of the HMO before committing to it. Some of the main items include:
Why are some landlords refusing to apply for an HMO?
We find there are 3 main reasons:
What has been the fallout from the new HMO regulations?
Less rental propety for professional sharers. A lack of supply has resulted in a slight increase in rents for properties which can have 3 or more unrelated people living in them. We have quite a lot of houses where the owner does not want to apply for an HMO licence (see above) and unfortunately we are not able to let enquiring sharers view them.
How long do applications take?
It varies. A lot. We are finding that some are taking 4-6 months, some are moving forward within 2 months.
What are the most common improvements required to gain the HMO licence?
There are 4 main areas really, which tie in with the description above:
Do I have to re-apply for the licence each year?
Yes, but we'll do it for you if you're our customer. We've got it down to a fine art and you will not have to worry about it.
If I have an HMO licence and then let my home to a family, do I risk losing my licence?
Yes but the causation is complex. The Council controls the spread of HMOs by planning permission.