Dudley Council
Dudley Skyline

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.

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.

With your application you must also provide:

• the appropriate licence fee
• a floor plan of the property indicating room sizes, location of the bathroom, toilet and kitchen facilities plus the position of smoke alarms, emergency lighting units and fire doors
• a copy of the current gas safety certificate, (if the property has a gas supply),which must be renewed annually. Any application received without this certificate will be invalid. Failure to provide an appropriate gas safety certificate within 7 days of request may result either in legal proceedings or a refused application. The case may also be referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

Any application received without these items will not be valid. 

If available, you should also provide:

  • a valid electrical test certificate
  • a copy of the fire alarm test certificate
  • a copy of the emergency lighting test certificate
  • a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate, if one is required for the property.
  • a portable appliance test certificate for any electrical equipment you supply as part of the tenancy.
  • a declaration that all upholstered furniture supplied complies with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988

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.


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.