A house in multiple occupation (HMO) must have a licence if it meets the following criteria:
- The property is on three or more storeys (including useable basements or attics)
- 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 s £500 and usually lasts for five years and is not transferable. It is an offence not to licence an HMO that is licensable or to not comply with licence conditions.