Additional HMO Licensing consultation

The consultation is now closed. Thank you to all those who took the time to complete the survey or provide their feedback.

The consultation on a new proposed city-wide additional HMO licensing scheme for all three and four person Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has now closed.

What is Additional HMO Licensing?

The Housing Act 2004 provides a power for Local Authorities to licence HMOs which are not covered by Mandatory Licensing. Part 2 of the Housing Act provides for Additional Licensing of HMOs for example, in a particular area or the whole borough for those not covered by Mandatory Licensing.

An Additional HMO Licensing scheme will require all Houses in Multiple Occupation, irrespective of the number of stories that are occupied, by three or four persons to be licensed. The licence will be issued with licensing conditions, that must be adhered too.

It is proposed that Additional HMO Licensing will be introduced across the whole of Salford.

Why introduce Additional HMO Licensing?

Privately rented housing, including small HMOs has grown considerably within Salford and is an important part of providing a range of housing in the city, so it is important that the properties:

  • are of a good standard
  • are safe for tenants, and
  • are well managed

The council believe that introducing Additional HMO Licensing will help to:

  • improve property conditions within these HMOs
  • improve management standards
  • ensure residents will be afforded the same protection as people in licensed HMOs

About the consultation

The council is now reviewing the consultation survey feedback, which will form part of a report to Cabinet with a recommendation to proceed or not proceed with a city-wide additional HMO licensing scheme for all three and four person Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The results of the consultation will be added to this webpage in due course.

You can still view the consultation proposal report below:

Proposed Licence Fees

Date application received Proposed fee for first application Proposed fee for subsequent applications
Three months prior to start date £955 £930
Three months after start date £1,005 £980
Basic fee £1,085 £1,052

Proposed licence conditions

As a licence holder you must adhere to the additional licensing conditions. More information about the proposed conditions can be found in the proposal to designate a citywide Additional Licensing scheme for three and four person Houses in Multiple Occupation in Salford report, Annex 1.

For more information on HMOs in Salford you can visit our dedicated HMO webpage

You can also read the council enforcement policy, which explains how we deal with non-compliance.


This page was last updated on 6 January 2021

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