Apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice

Where a person in control of, or managing a HMO, intends to stop operating the property as a licensable HMO they can apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN). 

The Council must be satisfied that there is a genuine intention for the property to cease being a licensable HMO and we will require evidence that shows the steps being taken to permanently remove the property from mandatory HMO licencing.

Once the TEN has expired the property must be either licenced or permanently operating outside of the HMO licencing scheme.

How to apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice

There is no cost for a TEN and it will commence on the date it is granted.

Complete the TEN application form and send it to us. Use the guidance notes below to help you complete the form.

Enclose supporting documents:

  • Contract with estate agent or solicitor for sale of property.
  • Copy of land register or solicitor's letter for property purchase.
  • Planning application number for change of use.
  • Valid copies of Section 21 Notices, or Section 8 Notice served on tenants.

Guidance notes for completing a Temporary Exemption Notice

These notes refer to the application for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN) for a licensed House in Multiple Occupation.

  • Step 1 - Before you apply

Only the property owner or manager may apply for a TEN.

  • Step 2 - Your personal details and the property you wish to exempt

Please complete all sections of the form. If the property is owned by a limited company, partnership or charity, an authorised individual may complete this form.

  • Step 3 - Evidence to support your application

Please provide required documentation and state the reasons why you are applying for a TEN.

It is a criminal offence to knowingly supply information, which is false or misleading for the purposes of obtaining a TEN. Evidence of any statements made in the application about the property concerned may be required at a later date. If we subsequently discover something which is relevant and which you should have disclosed or which has been incorrectly stated or described, your TEN may be revoked or other appropriate action taken.


A Temporary Exemption Notice only applies to one house.  You can only apply for a maximum of 2 notices per property, but only in exceptional circumstances will the second TEN be granted.  Each notice lasts for a period of 3 months, and the second notice must commence from the end of the first notice.