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68Licences: general requirements and durationE+W

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(1)A licence may not relate to more than one HMO.

(2)A licence may be granted before the time when it is required by virtue of this Part but, if so, the licence cannot come into force until that time.

(3)A licence—

(a)comes into force at the time that is specified in or determined under the licence for this purpose, and

(b)unless previously terminated by subsection (7) or revoked under section 70 [F1or 70A], continues in force for the period that is so specified or determined.

(4)That period must not end more than 5 years after—

(a)the date on which the licence was granted, or

(b)if the licence was granted as mentioned in subsection (2), the date when the licence comes into force.

(5)Subsection (3)(b) applies even if, at any time during that period, the HMO concerned subsequently ceases to be one to which this Part applies.

(6)A licence may not be transferred to another person.

(7)If the holder of the licence dies while the licence is in force, the licence ceases to be in force on his death.

(8)However, during the period of 3 months beginning with the date of the licence holder’s death, the house is to be treated for the purposes of this Part and Part 3 as if on that date a temporary exemption notice had been served in respect of the house under section 62.

(9)If, at any time during that period (“the initial period”), the personal representatives of the licence holder request the local housing authority to do so, the authority may serve on them a notice which, during the period of 3 months after the date on which the initial period ends, has the same effect as a temporary exemption notice under section 62.

(10)Subsections (6) to (8) of section 62 apply (with any necessary modifications) in relation to a decision by the authority not to serve such a notice as they apply in relation to a decision not to serve a temporary exemption notice.

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I1S. 68 wholly in force at 16.6.2006; s. 68 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 270(4)(5); s. 68 in force for E. at 6.4.2006 by S.I. 2006/1060, art. 2(1)(a) (with Sch.); s. 68 in force for W. at 16.6.2006 by S.I. 2006/1535, art. 2(a) (with Sch.)

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