Advice and Information

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A supply of good quality private rental accommodation in Dudley is important to respond to growing housing demand. We provide information and advice to landlords on a variety of subjects.

We hold regular landlord forums to let you know about new legislation and allow you to meet other landlords and agents across Dudley.

Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a dwelling where three or more people forming two or more households share a facility, like a toilet, bathroom or kitchen.  Certain types of properties converted into self-contained flats also qualify as a HMO. 

All HMOs that have five or more people in them must be licensed by the local authority.  There is a fee for the licensing of each HMO.  

The current licence fee is £775 for a property consisting of up to 7 units, for any properties above 7 units there will be an additional £25 fee per additional unit. The council is responsible for maintaining a licensing scheme for properties of this type, so if your property fits the criteria please contact us.

Please send completed Licence Application Form to Dudley MBC, Housing Enforcement Team, Harbour Buildings, Waterfront West, Brierley Hill DY5 1LN.   

An invoice will be raised for the application fee, once submitted application forms are received by the department.

See below for further guidance:-

A list of current HMOs licensed by Dudley MBC can be found Public Register of HMO Licenses

Property inspections

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is the government's system for assessing the health and safety risks in dwellings, in order to inspect properties in the private sector.

Landlords forum

We hold regular landlord forums to let you know about new legislation and provide advice and information.  

Details of our last landlords forum which took place on Wednesday 18th July 2018 with speakers covering topics including NLA News, Resettlement Services/Housing & Welfare, Lets for Life and Preventing Cannabis Cultivation. To view the presentations from our last forum please see below.


Homestamp is an award-winning partnership consortium with a direct interest in private sector housing, comprising of Local Authorities, the private rented sector, Universities, Police and Fire Services.

Midland Landlord Accreditation Scheme

Smoke free regulations

Are you a landlord/managing agent of a residential premises that has ‘common areas’ such as shared hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms? If so the Smoke free legislation, which came into force in England on the 1st July 2007, applies to you.

Rogue landlords

Around 3.6 million people live in private rented accommodation. Whilst the majority of landlords provide good quality accommodation, a minority of landlords try to exploit their tenants - often targeting the most vulnerable in society, placing them in squalid, overcrowded or poor conditions. 

We have signed up to the Rogue Landlord Project and will investigate landlords where complaints have been made about them or their rented property.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Private sector landlords are required from 1 October 2015 to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their properties and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (e.g. coal fire, wood burning stove). After that, the landlord must make sure the alarms are in working order at the start of each tenancy.

Banning Orders

The Housing & Planning Act 2016 provides new powers which permit local housing authorities to seek banning orders where landlords or property agents have been convicted of a banning order offence. Dudley MBC have adopted the Banning Order Policy as provided below.