House in multiple occupation

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) must have a licence if it meets the following criteria:

  • It is occupied by five or more people
  • Those occupants form two or more households

For more information see the guide for landlords.

A licence will be granted where the:

  • House or flat in question is reasonably suitable for occupation by the intended number of occupants
  • Proposed licence-holder and manager are fit and proper persons
  • Applicant is the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • Manager is either the person having control or an agent or employee of the person having control

The licence fee is £700 for a new application which usually lasts for five years and is not transferable. Renewing an existing licence costs £400.

It is an offence not to licence an HMO that is licensable or to not comply with licence conditions.

Apply for a new HMO licence

Renew an HMO Licence