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Are there penalties for not having a HMO licence?

Are there penalties for not having a HMO licence?

It is a criminal offence to rent and manage a property as a HMO without a licence. This is subject to Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

If a Landlord is found guilty of running a HMO without a licence, he or she, can be fined up to £20,000 and can be made subject to a Rent Repayment Order which would demand the repayment of any rent received from the time they were notified that a licence was required.

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