11:02 AM, 16th April 2021, About 2 years ago 16
Hi Everyone, I am an HMO landlord for many years in Leicester. The local Authority who does a very good job and is very helpful in my opinion has increased the HMO fees for a licence from £650 in 2016 to £900 currently.
This seems a very large increase, therefore, seeking advice. If I refuse to pay this amount and only pay an inflation-linked increase what are the consequences and repercussions?
I did write to the Council explaining that the fees seem very high, their reply was:
The Housing Act 2004 makes provision for local authorities to charge a fee for a mandatory HMO licence.
The HMO licence fee has been set at £900 and a licence is issued for 5 years.
The fee is calculated based on the number of hours of officer time each element of the licence application takes.
The licence fee can be broken down into 3 parts:
£150 – Receipt and processing of licence application
£505 – Inspection and preparation of proposed and final licence
£245 – Licence monitoring and compliance over the 5 year period.
I am expecting to end in Magistrates Court and lose, however, will appeal and end in Crown Court where common sense should prevail.
Has anyone experience of this or any cases they are aware off?
Further, what costs am I liable should I lose?
Any advice will be useful