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What is a licensable HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)?

How to apply for a HMO licence

What should I do if I think a property should be licensed but isn't?

Landlords of certain houses in multiple occupation must obtain a licence and to manage the premises within conditions specified on that licence. We carry out safety inspections and issues licences for homes of multiple occupancy.

What is a licensable HMO (House in Multiple Occupation)?

A landlord must have a licence for a privately-rented House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) if it meets the following criteria:

  • three storeys or more (including usable basements or attics)
  • is occupied by five or more people
  • those people form two or more households, and
  • tenants share some amenities (i.e. kitchen, bathroom or laundry).

It is an offence to operate a licensable HMO without a licence - there are heavy penalties on conviction.

How to apply for a HMO licence

Complete the HMO application form and return it to us with the fee of £609.96.

Properties required to be licensed need to meet certain standards set out in Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England: A guide for landlords and managers.

What should I do if I think a property should be licensed but isn't?

You can check with us to see if it's already been licensed, or simply tell us the address and other information you think is useful.

We will treat the information in complete confidence.