Houses in Multiple Occupation - Policy for assessing fit and proper persons

Last updated: 28 January 2020

Consideration of “persons associated or formerly associated” with the proposed licence holder or manager

Where there is evidence that a person associated, or formerly associated with a proposed licence holder or manager has committed any offence specified in section 66(2) of the Housing Act 2004, that evidence may be taken into account in determining the proposed licence holder’s or manager’s fitness.

The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that only fit and proper persons hold licences or are in any way involved in the management of licensed properties.

It would not be appropriate for a licence to be granted to someone, or for someone to be the manager of a property, if that person was merely acting as a front for someone else, who would be considered to be unfit to be the manager or licence holder.