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Landlord licensing fees, charges and refunds

Paying the fee

These fees apply from 1 April 2021. They are reviewed annually to ensure that the schemes are cost neutral. Please ensure that your property is not exempted before making your application.

Paying the full fee

The full fee can be paid at the time of the application. We recommended you pay the full fee upfront because you will save the additional costs.

Paying in 2 parts

You are able to pay the fee in 2 parts:

  1. The first payment is due at the time of the application and covers the administration costs of processing the licence.
  2. The second part of the fee, is for the enforcement and management of the licensing scheme and will be due before the final licence is granted.

The higher administration fee for paying in 2 parts reflects the extra costs incurred by the Council of processing 2 payments. The final licence will not be issued until the full fee has been paid.

Bulk payments

Bulk payments can be taken for agents with multiple properties.

How to pay

The fee can be paid using a UK based debit or credit card. 

Mandatory HMO Licensing Fee

Application Fee

Re-Licence fee

£551.50

Online application

 £551.50

Online application (2 parts)

Split payment fee

£255.50 1st fee

£328.50 2nd fee 

Postal application

 £646.00

 Postal application (2 parts)

Split payment fee

£329.00 1st fee

£349.50 2nd fee

 Plus fee per habitable room

 £37.50

 Additional charge for missing documents

 £63.00

Additional HMO Licensing Fee

 Application Fee

 Online application

 £533.50

 Online application (2 parts)

Split payment fee

£248.50 1st fee

£317.50 2nd fee

 Postal application

 £625.50

 Postal application (2 parts)

Split payment fee

£285.00 1st fee

£373.00 2nd fee 

 Additional charge for missing documents

 £63.00

Selective Licensing

 Application  Fee

 Online application

 £546.00

 Online application (2 parts)

Split payment fee 

£253.50 1st fee

£325.00 2nd fee 

 Postal application

 £640.50

 Postal application (2 parts)

Split payment fee

£293.00 1st fee

£381.00 2nd fee

Additional charge for missing documents

£63.00

Refunds

A licence is not transferable. Where a licensed property changes ownership, the new landlord must make a full application for a new licence in his/her name. No repayment of the licence fee will be made to the existing licence holder for any unexpired period of the licence.

If a licence holder dies during the period of the licence, the licence ceases to be in force from the date of death. For 3 months from the date of death the house will be treated as if a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN) has been served. This is known as the “Initial Period”. At any time during the initial period a formal application may be made for a TEN. The TEN will be valid for a period of 3 months and will take effect when the “Initial Period” ends.

Mistakes

We will give a refund for a property license if an application was made by mistake. Situations considered to be a mistake are if:

  • The property is outside the designated area
  • A duplicate application has been made
  • An application was made for an exempted property

No refunds will given if

We will not give you a refund if:

  • We refuse your application
  • You withdraw your application
  • We revoke your licence
  • You are refused planning permission for works required to your property

If you cancel your licence

Licence fees are not connected to the length of a licence. If you cancel your licence before it expires, we cannot give you a refund.

Charges for serving Statutory Notices

Housing Act 2004 Part 1 Enforcement Notice served. The fee for serving statutory Notices is £523.

Other administration charges

A charge of £63.00 will be applied if the council needs to write to you more than once to provide missing documents.