If you own a HMO property you should know that it must be licensed under most circumstances to operate legally, avoiding penalties and prosecution.
Should a local authority deny, vary or refuse a licence it is possible to appeal the decision via the Property Chamber in a First-Tier Tribunal. This is an independent government body, which enables the public to lodge an appeal in a court that has the power to rule over a local authority decision.
Appeals must be made within 28 days of the decision. Appellants should act fast, as after this period it is not possible to appeal the decision. There will be limited avenues to pursue if you miss the appeal deadline or fail to overturn the initial ruling, so it's critical to put forward your best case first.