Rent Repayment Orders

2.17 Rent Repayment Orders

The local authority may apply to the RPTS for a ‘rent repayment order’
allowing it to reclaim any housing benefit that has been paid during the
time the property was without a licence up to a maximum of 12 months.

A tenant living in a property may also make an application to claim back any
rent they have paid during the unlicensed period, up to a maximum of 12
months, if the landlord has been convicted of operating a licensable HMO
without a licence, or has been required by a rent repayment order to make a
payment to the local authority in respect of housing benefit on the property.
For more information about HMO licensing go to: www.communities.gov.
uk/housing/rentingandletting/privaterenting/housesmultiple/

For more information about selective licensing go to: www.communities.
gov.uk/housing/rentingandletting/privaterenting/selectivelicensing/