To apply for an HMO licence, applicants must submit the following documents:
- fully completed application form
- appropriate fee
- written declaration
- detailed sketch or scale plan of the property, with measurements (min. A4 size)
- current Gas Safety certificate
- current BS5839 test reports relating to the fire detection system (if applicable)
- current BS5266 test reports relating to the emergency lighting system (if applicable)
- current inspection report from a competent electrician
When determining the application for an HMO licence, Vale of Glamorgan Council consider the following matters:
- ensure that all landlords of HMO, or their agents, are fit and proper persons
- ensure the house is reasonably suitable for occupation by maximum number of persons or households
- ensure there are satisfactory arrangement for the management of the HMO
- to identify HMOs where there are significant health and safety issues under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004.
The Authority will inspect the HMO to determine whether specific conditions need to be included on the licence and determine whether action under Part 1 of the Act is required, Housing Health and Safety Rating system.
Licences are granted for a period of five years, although the Authority retains the discretion to grant a licence for a shorter period, where it considers it is appropriate to do so.
The authority is only likely to refuse an application for a licence, or seek variation or revocation of a licence, where the HMO is not reasonably suitable for occupation.
A licence must be renewed at the end of the licence period by completing and submitting a new application form and fee the same as original granting of a licence.