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

Last updated: 28 January 2020


If someone is determined by the council not be a fit and proper person, this will usually remain the case for a period of 5 years.

However, the council may consider it appropriate , in the event of lesser offences, to apply a condition to the licence to allow the licence to operate for a reduced term, for example, 12 months.

The conduct of the licence holder can then be monitored and this taken into consideration in subsequent licensing applications. The council will, in doing so, have regard to this policy and the applicant will need to provide sufficient evidence that they are now a fit and proper person.

If the licence holder or manager is found to not be fit and proper, the council will notify them in writing.