When applying for an HMO licence, landlords have a choice of an officer from Southampton City Council or an independent HMO surveyor to carry out the inspection of their property.

A licence should be applied for within three months of the property becoming licensable.

Compliant and timely applications (within three months)

We encourage all landlords to make timely HMO applications by offering a lower rate for those received within three calendar months of:

  • The commencement of a designated Additional Licensing Scheme
  • The property first being let as a licensable HMO
  • Becoming the person in control of the licensable HMO
  • The HMO Licence renewal date

If your application reaches us within three months of the HMO becoming licensable by you, and you and your HMO meet all other conditions in full, there are two options available:

  1. The Southampton City Council HMO all-inclusive rate (compliant and timely)

    As part of the online application, you can book a convenient time for us to carry out the inspection, which usually takes less than an hour (larger HMOs may take longer). Where possible, inspections will be grouped together for applicants with several properties.

    If any improvements are required to reach current standards, these will be included as a licence condition. You will be given full details and a reasonable timescale to complete them.

  2. The landlord independent HMO surveyor rate

    To access this rate, the property needs to be fully compliant with all HMO standards. Before making your application, you must separately instruct an independent HMO surveyor, who is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and who holds their own insurance. Please see guidance on how to choose an independent HMO surveyor for more information.

    The independent HMO surveyor will complete a Certificate of Compliance form to prove that your property meets current HMO standards.

The application fee does not include the inspection fee charged by the independent HMO surveyor. The council reserves the right to place any conditions on the licence which it deems necessary.

All-inclusive rate (more than three months after becoming licensable)

If your full and valid application does not reach us within three months of the property becoming licensable (see above), then the all-inclusive rate will be applied.

As part of the online application, you can book a convenient time for us carry out the inspection, which usually takes less than an hour (larger HMOs may take longer). Where possible, inspections will be grouped together for applicants with several properties.

If any improvements are required to reach current standards, these will be included as a licence condition. You will be given full details and a reasonable timescale to complete them.

Prices

HMO licence Fee
Southampton City Council HMO all-inclusive rate for compliant and timely applications £560*
Landlord independent HMO surveyor compliant rate for compliant and timely applications £250*
Southampton City Council HMO all-inclusive rate for applications received after the three month deadline £960*

* Buildings owned and managed by private providers of large student accommodation# who are members of and comply with ANUK National code for large student developments## or any approved code or scheme of compliance, as approved under section 233, Housing Act 2004, will be entitled to a 50% reduction on the fees. Proof of scheme or code membership & compliance will be required on application. For applications of this kind please do not use the online application form. Please contact us at hmo@southampton.gov.uk or 0238083 3006 to discuss your application.

#where 15 or more students live in one building, either in rooms off a central corridor, cluster flats or self-contained flats
## The ANUK Code of Standards for larger developments for student accommodation not managed and controlled by educational establishments

The council also offers pre-application advisory visit and verbal report on site for £60. Please email hmo@southampton.gov.uk

Prices are not subject to VAT.

Refunds

A full refund will be given if:

  • You have made a duplicate application
  • You made an application for an exempted property by mistake
  • You made an application for a property which is not licensable under Southampton’s HMO licensing schemes

A refund will not be given if:

  • You withdraw your application at any stage
  • We refuse your application
  • We revoke (take away) your licence
  • You are subsequently refused planning permission for your HMO
  • Your property ceases to be let as an HMO during the term of the licence

Contact HMO licensing

  • Email: hmo@southampton.gov.uk
  • Phone: 023 8083 3006
  • Address: HMO Licensing Team, Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY

For more information on HMOs visit our Houses in Multiple Occupation page.