About houses of multiple occupation

The definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property where:

  • three or more people live
  • at least two of these people are not members of the same family
  • they share facilities such as a bathroom, toilet, kitchen or living room. 

If you rent, or plan to rent, to five or more people and at least two of these people are not part of the same family and they share facilities then you may need to apply for a licence. 

You will need to prove that the house:

  • is a safe place for the tenants to live; 
  • has suitable fire precautions in place, minimum standards of fire safety;
  • has enough facilities for the number of people living in the house.

For further detail visit the Housing Act 2004 

Licence fees

The fee is in two parts, if you choose to pay both parts of the fee and the licence is refused, then we will refund the second part of the fee.

Fees for a first licence or a variation

 Application processing fee. Payment due at time of application.Scheme management fee. Payment due immediately following the grant of licence.Total fee
HMO licence (up to 14 bedrooms)£514£341£855
HMO licence (15+ bedrooms)£591£341£932
Variation of HMO licence (at licence holders request)£164not applicable£164
Fees for a renewal licence
 Application processing fee. Payment due at time of application.Scheme management fee. Payment due immediately following the grant of licence.Total fee
HMO licence (up to 14 bedrooms)£411£341£752
HMO licence (15+ bedrooms)£488£341£829

Discount

When applications for multiple properties are made at the same time, the fee for the second and subsequent properties is reduced by £10 per property.This is because we don't need to repeat checks to confirm that the people mentioned on the application form are fit and proper. 

Duties

If you are a landlord of a HMO property The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 will explain what you must do. 

If you are a tenant of a HMO property the Duties of occupiers of HMO's will explain what you must do as an occupier. 

Planning permission

As a landlord you should also make sure that the property has planning permission to be a House in Multiple Occupation. For further information on use class visit the Planning Portal. 

To apply for a change of use visit Other consents for planning permission. 

Apply for a Licence for a House in Multiple Occupation.

For more information on renting a house visit Gov.UK 

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