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.
A landlord must have a licence for a privately-rented House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) if it meets the following criteria:
- any amount of storeys (including usable basements or attics)
- is occupied by five or more people
- those people form two or more households, and
- tenants share some amenities (for example, kitchen, bathroom or laundry).
The fee for a HMO licence is £647.29 for five years and payment will need to be split into 2 parts. The first instalment of £450.00 is required to be paid at the time of the HMO licence application. The second instalment of £197.29 must be paid when the HMO licence has been issued.
Please contact the Private Sector Housing team on 01623 463212 to arrange for the relevant payment to be made.
For more information please see DASH Guidance on Houses in Multiple Occupation A Landlords Guide (opens in a new window) [771KB]
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.
For further information or advice please contact us or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the related content link to:-
- apply for a licence to operate a house in multiple occupation
- view our public register for houses in multiple occupation
- download our amenity and space standards for licensable houses in multiple occupation
- read our standard conditions for licensable houses in multiple occupation.