Houses in Multiple Occupation
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a building or part of a building which is occupied by more than one household, at least one of which shares or lack access to basic amenities. Buildings which have been converted into self-contained flats not in accordance with Buildings Regulations 1991 and which are predominately privately rented are also HMOs.
Standards are in place for HMOs covering hostels, flats in multiple occupation, self contained flats and bedsits and studios.
Licensing of houses in multiple occupation
If you rent out a property for housing in multiple occupancy (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority. A licence will apply to the premises for five years unless there is a change of licence holder, when a new licence will be issued. There is a fee for this licence. Applications must be made to the Westminster City Council.
Please read how to apply for a licence for housing in multiple occupation for full details of who can apply, how to make your application and the current fees.
Further guidelines for completing your application online are available below. Alternatively, please contact us on 020 7641 8959 or email@example.com for an application form.
It is important that you read this information before you submit your application.
To make changes to an existing licence, please contact us with details of your changes.
For a list of licensed properties in Westminster please see below.
- Bedsit/Studio Standards in Westminster
- Self-contained flat standards in Westminster
- Flats in Multiple Occupation standards in Westminster
- Hostel Standards in Westminster
- Guidelines for completing HMO licence application online
- HMO Licence Application Form
House in Multiple Occupation Re-Licence Application Form
- List of Licensed HMO properties in Westminster
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