House in multiple occupation

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.

Apply for HMO licence