From the 30th June 2006, the Housing Act 2004 places a duty on local authorities in Wales to licence houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
In Rhondda Cynon Taff there are two types of HMO that are required to be licensed.
Mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation is a scheme that applies across the UK. The scheme only applies to houses in multiple occupation that meet the following criteria:
The houses in multiple occupation or any part of it comprises three storeys or more; and
It is occupied by five or more persons; and
It is occupied by person living in two or more single households, with a sharing of facilities.
Additional Licensing (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Scheme 2014
On the 1st April 2014 the Council introduced a new County Borough wide HMO Licensing Scheme.
This scheme applies to houses in multiple occupation that meet the following criteria.
Entire houses or flats which are let to 3 or more tenants who form 2 or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
Houses which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to 3 or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities.
Converted houses which contain one or more flats which are not wholly self contained (ie the flat does not contain within it a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by 3 or more tenants who form two or more households.
Buildings which are converted entirely into self-contained flats if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies.
In assessing the storeys in a property for either scheme, we will take account of:
Any basement that is used wholly or partly as living accommodation or that is being used in connection with, and as integral part of, the houses in multiple occupation
Any attic if it is used wholly or partly as living accommodation or that is being used in connection with, and as an integral part of, the houses in multiple occupation.
Where the houses in multiple occupation is situated in part of a building above or below a business premise, the storey that includes the business premises will be included.
If your property meets the criteria of either one of the above schemes, you will need to apply for a licence. If your property already has a five year licence under the 2009 Scheme and this licence extends beyond 31st March 2014, your licence will be automatically transferred onto the 2014 Scheme until at which point it expires when you will need to apply for a new license under the 2014 scheme.
If your property requires a licence under the 2014 scheme, you can now apply for a licence using the Application Form that can be found in the Related Documents section.
Information relating to the new scheme, fee structure and frequently asked questions can be found in the related documents section
How to apply
Application forms for the 2014 Scheme are available by contacting us, downloading a copy from the related documents section on the right of this page or by applying online using the details below.
You can now apply for your licence online, where payment (if required) can be taken electronically.
Receipt of application notification:
If making an application online you will receive a notification of receipt of payment once a payment has been successfully made. You will then receive an e-mail notification that your application is being processes.
If an application is sent into our Licensing department you will receive a letter notifying you that the application is being processed along with a receipt of payments made within 7 working days
If you hand an application form into our reception office you will receive a receipt of payment immediately and will receive a letter notifying you that the application is being processes within 7 working days
Please note: It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact them using the details below
The fee structure can be found in the related documents section. Please contact the Council before making a payment if you are unsure how much you will need to pay. Please note, application forms will not be processed until full payment is received and payments will not be taken over the telephone unless the Council is already in receipt of an application form.
Applicants are required to provide a Basic level of Disclosure
Disclosure Scotland can be contacted on their information line: 0870 609 6006
For further information please see www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
You will also be required to supply additional documentation once we have received your initial application
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
Any applicant who is refused a licence or wishes to appeal against conditions attached to their licence, can appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal (RPT) Wales
Complaints / objections
A full list of all current licensed Houses in Multiple Occupation is held by the Council. Arrangements to view the register can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01443 425001
Fax: 01443 425301
SMS: 07781 489133