Nottingham City Council is still issuing HMO Licences. (House in Multiple Occupation)
You do need planning permission to convert a family home to a house in multiple occupations, and the Council does look to restrict this from happening, but not stop it completely.
A landlord also needs planning permission to expand an HMO for the use of seven or more people.
If a property is converted without planning permission and is now an HMO, a landlord can be given a licence, but only for 12 months. This is to give time to apply for planning permission and to go through any appeals to the Planning Inspectorate if needed.
However, even if a landlord is successful, they still need to contact the Council to get a licence variation.
The Council would process this, and can then extend the term of the licence to end 5 years from the date the application was made. This is done for free, and there wouldn’t be a new fee to pay either.
If a landlord is turned down for planning permission, and the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate is also unsuccessful, then the licence expiry date stays the same. But a landlord needs to use that remaining time to finish HMO business and return the property to being a family home.
Please remember that new applications after this are likely to be refused.
If at first a landlord is turned down for a licence or doesn’t agree with the conditions of the licence, it can be appealed at the First Tier Tribunal (FTT).
The licence fee is not refunded if a licence is refused.
If a landlord decides that they don’t want to operate a ‘licensable property’, they can apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN).
This allows a maximum of 3 months (but is usually only given once) to take the steps to alter the arrangements. A property doesn’t need a licence, this could be achieved either by serving a valid notice to evict tenants or by putting the property up for sale.