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Watford HMO Licence – HMO Advice

Need to apply for a Watford HMO Licence? HMO Advice’s unique HMO Licensing Management Service Watford will enable you to comply with requirements in a stress-free, time- and cost-effective manner.


HMO Licence Watford


Located approximately 24 km (15 miles) to the north-west of Central London and heading Hertfordshire County Council’s list of preferred retail development sites, historic Hertfordshire town & borough Watford is one of the northern home counties’ major regional economic centres.

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Home to Warner Bros. Leavesden Film Studios, an 80-hectare complex used for many Hollywood film productions and the site of the “Making of Harry Potter” Studio Tour, Watford boasts an impressive range of shopping, dining and nightlife facilities, as well as museums, theatres and art centres; 43 public parks, recreation grounds, gardens and allotments.


Watford has 10 conservation areas and its long history is well represented throughout the town with a listed (Grade II) park, 240 locally listed and 92 nationally listed buildings, including the 12th Century St Mary’s Church and the 19th Century Holy Rood Church.


Some of the town’s landmarks include the stylish intu Watford (formerly The Harlequin) Shopping Centre, Odham Press Hall, the Sun Clock Tower and the delightful Owl Tree, which can be admired in the town’s Cassiobury Park.


Home to a multitude of state, independent and partially/non-selective schools, the town has a West Herts College campus and a branch of London’s School of Theology, the CML (Centre for Missional Leadership). Nearby independent schools include the Purcell specialist music school.


In addition to its large concentration of shops, cafes and restaurants, clubs and bars, Watford is home to several major national and international companies’ head offices, including among others:


  • Camelot Group, J D Wetherspoon and Mothercare
  • Bathstore, BrightHouse (Caversham Finance) and Hilton Worldwide
  • TK Maxx, Total Oil and Costco
  • Beko, Vinci and JJ Kavanagh & Sons


Many of the students and professionals coming to Watford seek the convenience, company and cost-effectiveness provided by HMO accommodation – which is, of course, subject to Watford HMO licence legislation.


HMO Licensing Watford


Under current HMO legislation, any HMO property must be licensed if:


  • It is occupied by at least 5 tenants
  • These tenants form multiple households
  • Basic amenities (kitchen, bathroom, toilet) are shared by these households


HMO licensing Watford properties also requires local landlords to comply with certain size, fire, health & safety and basic housing standards – and applying for HMO licences can be a complex, time-consuming and often stressful process.


HMO Licensing Management Service Watford


HMO Advice offer a unique, cost-effective HMO Licensing Management Service Watford designed to make the HMO licence application process both easier and less stressful for landlords.


Based on years of experience in handling HMO licence applications as landlords ourselves, our HMO Management Package draws on our vast knowledge reservoir to provide advice and assistance with all aspects of licensing HMO properties, including procedures, commercial contracts and tenants stature; robust, well-spelled out resident licence agreements and, of course, deposit protection.


Are you about to license an HMO property in Watford? Don’t get lost in a maze of bureaucracy & red tape – call us today: 0330 1137 267.

What is a HMO?

A HMO is basically a ‘house in multiple occupation’. In other words, it is a complete house/flat that is let to 3 tenants or more who are:

  • Forming 2 or more households*
  • Sharing a kitchen, bathroom and/or toilet

*See HERE for more detailed information and a definition of what constitutes a household.

Do I require a HMO Licence?

Whether a HMO licence is required for a property varies between councils and depends on whether your relevant local council operates an additional licensing scheme. Our HMO Guidance Service could be the perfect solution for you. Are you unsure if an HMO license is required? Learn more HERE.

What Happens if I Fail to Apply for a HMO Licence?

Failure to obtain a HMO licence is a punishable offence and may result in prosecution with potentially serious penalties and sanctions. You can find more detailed information on the possible consequences of failing to obtain a licence HERE.

How Can I Get a HMO Licence?

Obtaining a HMO Licence is a 4-step process involving:

  • Assessment of Your Property According to Your Local Authority’s Standards
  • Licence Application
  • Upgrading Your Property Where Required
  • Signing Off

Learn more HERE.

For more detailed information and/or to discuss your specific needs, please do not hesitate to call our representatives on Tel.: 020 3950 8834 today.

You can also contact us and specify how you would like to be responded to, either by phone or email.

For more advice and assistance, You can find answers to many commonly asked questions on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.