House in multiple occupancy (HMO) licence

If you rent out a property to five or more occupants and the building consists of three storeys or more you are required to obtain a licence from Gateshead Council as the house in multiple occupation (HMO).

If you are a current lincece holder you can also renew your licence or make a change to your licence.

Apply online via Gov.uk

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made to Gateshead Council.

A fee is applicable.

You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

Regulation summary

Licensing of houses in multiple occupation in England: a guide for landlords and managers.

Application evaluation process

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

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.

Consumer complaint

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.

Other redress

For example noise or pollution and if one licence holder wants to complain about another.

Trade associations

Contact us

Private Sector Housing Team
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 3907
privatesectorhousingcivic@gateshead.gov.uk

Share this page