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Houses in multiple occupation licences

If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupancy (HMO) in South Tyneside, you may require a licence from South Tyneside Council.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applications must be made to South Tyneside Council
  • A fee maybe charged
  • You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence

Application evaluation process

Licences will be granted if:

  • The house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • The applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • The proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • The management arrangements are satisfactory

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Subject to receiving all the required documentation in relation to your application it will normally be processed with 8 weeks. If we require any further time to consider the application you will be contacted directly.

Will tacit consent apply if I haven't heard back from you?

Yes, if you have not heard from the Council within the specified time period then your application has been processed and the relevant permissions granted.

How do I appeal if my application isn't approved?

Please contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

How do I appeal against the conditions of my licence?

Please contact South Tyneside Council in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Consumer complaints

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.

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