26 Apr 2017
If you’re a landlord thinking of letting to students, it’s likely you will require a House in Multiple Occupancy licence (HMO).
This is required if it is your intention to let a property to three or more unrelated persons, which most commonly are student lets.
The HMO licence is obtained from the local authority within whose area the let property is - and they will have certain requirements that landlords will have to comply with.
Although each local authority will have their own nuances, they generally follow a similar pattern.
Firstly all landlords will require to complete an HMO licence application form and submit this, along with a fee, to the local authority.
Their application will usually be handled by an HMO officer, who will make arrangements to inspect the property.
The officer will refer to the ‘Statutory HMO Guidance for Scottish Local Authorities’ (introduced in August 2011) to establish the standards required prior to an licence being granted.
These generally include:
Furthermore if the proposed HMO occupancy is for six or more tenants, then a ‘planning permission change of use’ may also be required.
Some local authorities may have additional requirements however landlords would be made aware of these by the HMO officer during the inspections. The period the licence will be effective for may also vary by region.
It can be quite daunting for landlords who are seeking to enter the HMO market for the first time, however, Aberdein Considine’s letting and property management experts can guide you through the process, or indeed do the work for you.
Also following successful events at our Aberdeen property shop and local university, Aberdein Considine now have over 100 registered students who are looking for accommodation.
Therefore if you have an HMO property, or are thinking about letting to students, please speak to us to find out more.