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
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.