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Changes to Mandatory Licensing in Stoke-on-Trent

If you own a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) of 5 or more bedrooms then you will be affected by the changes to mandatory licencing. Landlords in Stoke-on-Trent who will be affected have HMOs which meet the following criteria:

  • The property has 5 or more tenants  
  • The tenants form 2 or more households
  • The tenants share some basic facilities such as a kitchen or bathroom  

Please ensure you apply for the relevant licence through the City of Stoke on Trent Council to eliminate a Financial Penalty. If you are part of the Landlord Accreditation Scheme you are entitled to a discount.

The property will need to meet HMO fire safety standards as set out in the Lacors Fire Safety Guide.

If you require any help letting, managing or selling your student HMO property in Stoke-on-Trent  please do not hesitate to contact Natasha via

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