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Apply for a House of Multiple Occupation licence

Before applying for a licence, you need to:

  • make sure you have the correct planning use for the property (opens new window) . It will either be 'C4' if there are five or six people or 'Sui Generis', Latin for unclassified, if there are more than six people living there. Sui generis means buildings that do not fall within a particular use class. 
  • write to other people that have a legal interest in the property. This could be a freeholder or mortgage lender telling them that you intend to apply for a licence. 

How to apply

Apply for a House in Multiple Occupation licence

If you rent out a property that meets the definition of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) you are required to obtain a licence from us.

Read the guidance notes to help you complete the form.

Apply for a HMO licence

Renew a House in Multiple Occupation licence

Read the guidance notes to help you complete the form.


Apply to renew your HMO licence


When completing the application, you will also need:

  • passport size photograph of the licence holder;
  • the current Landlords Gas Safety Certificate;
  • an electrical installation condition report completed within the last five years. If you made improvements, we will need proof;
  • a copy of the Tenancy Agreement you issue to tenants;
  • a copy of your management agreement if you use an agent to manage the property;
  • copies of the letters you sent to the people that have a legal interest in your property such as your mortgage lender or freeholder;
  • two passport sized photographs of you, your property manager if you have one and anyone else involved with the management of the House in Multiple Occupation.
  • certificates confirming the automatic fire detection system and the emergency lighting are working correctly
  • portable electrical appliance test certificates (if supplied)
  • plan of the property with room sizes

Contact us

If you are unsure if your property needs a licence email the property occupancy details to