Multiple occupancy homes

License a house in multiple occupation

If you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may need a licence from us.  A fee is payable with the application and is based on a property consisting of five lettings.  Details of the fees that must accompany the application are given below. Guidance on the standards for HMO's is also provided.

Apply for a house in multiple occupation licence.

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What is an HMO?

An HMO is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households.  In order for a building, or part of a building to form an HMO it must fall within the meaning of one of the following descriptions:

  • a building in which more than one household shares a basic amenity e.g. a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities. This is called 'the standard test'.
  • a flat in which more than one household shares a basic amenity (all of which are in the flat) e.g. bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities. This is called 'the self-contained flat test';
  • a building that has been converted and does not entirely comprise of self-contained flats.  This is called 'the converted building test';
  • a building which is comprised entirely of converted self-contained flats and the standard of the conversion does not meet, at a minimum, the standard required by the 1991 Building Regulations, and less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied.  This building is also known as a section 257 HMO.

Further information on HMO's can be obtained from the following website:
 

Visit GOV.UK for a landlords's guide to houses in multiple occupation.

Failed or refused applications

Contact us in the first instance.

You may also appeal to a residential property tribunal. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence holder redress

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

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