Summer Savings – HMO Changes

HMO Summer savings may be coming your way this year, according to Edinburgh Council. If you have any questions just give us a call.

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It’s that time again, the rules are changing.


In a recent meeting, Edinburgh City Council has suggested making some fundamental changes to the ways in which Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) are applied and upheld for. Always keeping our ears to the ground so we can tell you before you need to know, we thought this was the perfect moment as the legislative changes proposed may take effect from as early as June 2017.

In a nutshell, 2 aspects of licensing are changing:
1. The length of HMO licences granted to renewing properties.
2. The price of renewing a licence for an HMO.

Before, the norm was always to issue a one year licence, sometimes with conditions or objections. One year licences will still be issued to all properties applying for the first time, or those that are seen as ‘problematic premises where previous monitoring and inspection visits, complaints and enforcement issues have been identified.’*

For all properties that currently have a one year licence with no objections, you will be able to obtain a 3 year licence at your next renewal date. The best part, it’s much more cost effective. We’ve laid out the proposed new prices for you below so you can see exactly how much you will save over 3 years. Not only will you have fewer renewals to deal with, there’s more in the rainy day fund!


If you’re worried about any of the changes or if you have any questions, speak to us – we’re here to help.

*Edinburgh City Council – Regulatory Committee Meeting Notes – 21 April 2017