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HMO York Advice: York HMO Licence

Confused and frustrated by York City Council HMO Licence application processes? Contact HMO York Advice for extensive HMO Licence York guidance and support.


HMO York


Situated in North Yorkshire, England, at the Ouse and Foss Rivers’ confluence approximately 32 km (20 miles) to the north-east of Leeds, the unitary authority area and city of York is historic county Yorkshire’s county town.

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First founded as Eboracum by the Romans (71 AD), the city became a significant wool trading centre and the Church of England’s northern ecclesiastical capital (a role it retains to this day) during the Middle Ages and an important confectionery manufacturing centre and railway hub during the 19th and 20th Centuries.


Today, the city’s economy is dominated by service industries including public administration, health and education; finance, science, technology, culture and tourism.


Dominated by York Minster, its large Gothic cathedral, York offers a diversity of historic and modern architectural landmarks including, among many others, York Castle, which embraces multiple buildings including Cliffords Tower and the castle’s former prison, which is now the York Castle Museum; York’s medieval city walls, the Odeon Cinema, an example of Art-Deco-style architecture and Stonebow House, a 1960s “Brutalist-style” building.


Other historic sites and museums include the Theatre Royal, St Mary’s Abbey, the medieval St William’s College, Bedern Hall and The Shambles, a medieval shopping street lined with tea rooms, boutiques and shops that is also home to the house and shrine of St Margaret Clitherow ( “the Pearl of York”), who was crushed to death for harbouring Roman Catholic priests in Elizabethan times); Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, Barley Hall and Fairfax House; Mansion House (historically the Lord Mayor’s home) and the Treasurer’s House, as well as the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, the “Richard III Experience”, York Art Gallery and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.


In addition to the Theatre Royal, York is also home to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Grand Opera House and the National Early Music Centre, which regularly hosts events, concerts, broadcasts and competitions.


Home to several rugby league clubs and York City Football Club, the city also has multiple rowing clubs, two sailing clubs and a horse racing venue, York Racecourse, as well as the York Barbican Centre, which hosts the UK’s Snooker Championships.


Educational institutions across the city include numerous primary, secondary and private schools, as well as two colleges – York College and Askham Bryan College – and two universities, the University of York, which includes a Department of Archaeology, graduate centres for 18th Century and Medieval studies and a medical school (Hull York Medical School) and York St John University.


The combination of York’s excellent educational facilities and its wealth of professional opportunities means the city has a constant influx of students and professionals of all ages – many of whom seek the convenience and affordability of shared housing.


York City Council HMO Licence Requirements


Local landlords catering for this ever-increasing demand for houses in multiple occupation (or HMOs, as they are commonly referred to) must comply not only with the national HMO legislation brought into action in October 2018 but also face the intricacies of York City Council’s local HMO implementation policy.


This can make the process of licensing an HMO property in York a somewhat stressful, often confusing and frustrating undertaking.


HMO Licence York


HMO Advice York can help local landlords successfully apply for a York HMO licence without having to deal with this stress, frustration and confusion. Our unique HMO Management/Licensing Package provides all the helpful advice, guidance and hands-on support you need to ensure your property complies with all necessary standards and obtain your licence quickly and effectively. Learn more about it by calling our specialist team on 0330 1137 267 now.

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.

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