From 1st October 2018 the scope of mandatory licensing will include all rented properties with five or more unrelated people occupying it, who share facilities such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom.
You must make sure:
You can download the application form form the documents section below, complete and sign it, then post it with the necessary documentation and the fee (£900 for up to 10 lets and then £30 per let, thereafter) to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. You can also make the payment by debit or credit card by ringing 01254 585457.
The licence will specify the maximum number of people who may live in the HMO. It will also include conditions concerning the following, which apply to every licence:
The Council may also apply additional conditions :
It is an offence if the landlord or person in control of the property:
An unlimited fine may be imposed (was previously £20,000) or a civil penalty fine of up to £30,000.
In addition, breaking any of the licence conditions can result in a fine of up to £5,000 per condition or a civil penalty fine of up to £30,000.
Please see the civil penalty protocol below for more details.
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