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.
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.