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Not all HMOs require a licence and licensing requirements vary between local authority areas.
From 1 October 2018 many more HMOs across England require a licence.
In Colchester this includes houses and flats that are:
Please note there are some exceptions to this – use the licence checker tool to be sure!
Licence Checker Tool
It is an offence to operate or manage an HMO within this description without a licence.
The Council’s Private Sector Housing and Enforcement Policy, available below in the related documents section, details our enforcement approach, including specifically how we will enforce in relation to this offence.
The application process requires you to submit supporting documents in electronic format and to pay an initial application fee.
Read our earlier published guidance to ensure that you have the supporting documents that you will need when you apply.
Please apply using the online application form below:
To submit your supporting documents, please email them to HMO.Licensing@colchester.gov.uk with the address of the licensable property in the subject line of your email.
On receipt of your application, we will be in touch to request your initial application payment.
Your application is incomplete until the supporting documents have been submitted and the initial payment has been made.
If you require any assistance or have any questions regarding the application form or process, please email HMO.Licensing@colchester.gov.uk
A document has been produced and is available here to help both landlords and tenants. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of both parties when letting or renting a property in the private rented sector.
Tel: 01206 282581 - option 6