Application to license a house in multiple occupation from Luton Borough Council
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There is additional information available for this licence that you might find useful:General information from the licensing authority
Before you apply...
There's a £122.00 fee.
You'll need a debit or credit card.
You'll need to provide copies of the following:
- Current (within the last five years) Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) - the report must be carried out by a competent engineer registered with one of the following professional bodies: NICEIC ECA ELESCA NAPIT
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- A copy of floor plans showing the layout of the property, we recommend that each floor is drawn on 1 side of A4 sheet of paper and must show the following: number, type and location of any smoke/heat detectors, emergency lighting and any fire alarm control panels including any ‘remote hush, test and locate switches, and show where each fire door is located, the plans must also show the location of each window and staircase show the location of kitchens, bathrooms, WCs, sinks, wash hand basins and any other common areas such as lounges and dining rooms etc the plans must also show any cupboards located under any staircases and on any halls or landings and show any chimney breasts in any rooms including the number and location of any electrical sockets show the measurements of each bedroom, flat, bedsit and any common rooms such as kitchens, kitchen/diners, lounge and dining rooms etc, the plans do not have to be to scale but the measurements and layout of the property and each room must be accurate, you can show the measurements in square metres for each room or you can show the room dimensions this will enable us to assess how many people can occupy the property. For more information on space standards in HMOs and to see an example floor plan please refer to Luton Borough Council’s HMO standards which can be accessed by copying this URL into your browser ‘https://m.luton.gov.uk/Page/Show/Housing/Other%20housing%20information/hmo/Pages/I-am-a-Landlord-what-should-I-know-about-Houses-in-Multiple-Occupation.aspx’
- A fire alarm test certificate complying with BS5839 (tested within the last 12 months)
- Copy of the existing Tenancy Agreement/Rental Contract(s), or if the premises are currently unoccupied, a copy of the agreements you propose to issue to your tenants
- Residency check – the proposed licence holder and/or manager (if different) will be required to demonstrate entitlement to reside and remain in the United Kingdom to do this you are required to upload a photocopy of a valid UK or EU passport Photo ID page or both sides of a permanent residence card issued by the Home Office. Photo or scanned copies are acceptable provided the copy is clear
- Fire Safety Checklist – you can download this document from Luton Borough Councils website by copying and pasting this URL ‘https://www.luton.gov.uk/Housing/Lists/LutonDocuments/Word/HMO-Fire-Safety-Checklist.docx’ into your browser which you can then complete, sign and date and upload with your application. Please note: this document doesn’t constitute a Fire Risk Assessment, in licensed HMOs, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a suitable and sufficient written Fire Risk Assessment must be carried out by a competent person, this could be by, or on behalf of, the licencee/prospective licencee, and is required in order to establish and reduce both the risk of fire occurring and the risk to people in the event of fire. Visit the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service website for more information here: ‘https://www.bedsfire.gov.uk/home.aspx’
- Please note that the council will only process applications which are valid - this means that each application for each property must be fully completed. You should note that incomplete applications will be rejected and an administration fee retained (see Local Authorities fee structure). Within the form you will need to provide details including the number of letting rooms, storeys, occupants including any children/families etc, statements and declarations that the licence holder(s), person(s) in control and or managing the property are ‘fit and proper persons’ and a statement and declaration that any furniture and furnishings within the property comply with The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended), you will also need to provide details within the application form, of the management arrangements, for example how you or your manager deal with complaints from tenants, items of disrepair and emergencies. Note – this upload is not required but you must provide this information within the form when you complete it (optional)
- Gas Safety Certificate - If there is gas at the property a current Landlords Gas Safety Certificate - the certificate must be carried out by a competent Engineer (within the last 12 months) and must cover any gas appliances within the property (optional)
- If you have provided any portable appliances for occupants to use within the property then please provide a PAT certificate for these appliances (within the last 12 months) by a competent engineer registered with one of the professional bodies above (optional)
- If an emergency lighting system is present, a test certificate complying with BS5266 (tested within the last 12 months note: (not normally required for two storey HMOs or smaller HMOs) (optional)
What if I don't have electronic copies?
Photos or scans of documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.
If you can't provide electronic versions you can still apply online, but you'll need to send in copies by post. We'll give you the address and reference number once you've completed the application.
Now, submit the application