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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Guidance, information and documents to apply for a HMO licence.

Published on: 30 December 2020

Last updated: 4 February 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and guidance for​ landlords 

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property which is occupied by at least three people who are not from one household. HMOs include buildings where facilities are shared, but can also include buildings divided into self-contained flats. 

Licensing is mandatory for HMO's which are occupied by five or more people forming two or more households. Licences are not required for individual flats situated in purpose built blocks if there are three or more flats in the block or for buildings which have been fully converted to self-contained flats. Flats located inside converted buildings may require a licence if occupied by five or more people. 

The most appropriate person to apply for the licence is normally the landlord or managing agent if they are receiving all rents directly. 

​If the licence holder changes during the licence period, a full new application must be submitted for the licence to be re-issued to the new licence holder.

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Additional licensing scheme consultation

Launched in November 2020, proposals to consult on an additional HMO licensing scheme were widely supported by respondents to the ongoing private rented sector consultation in Autumn 2020, with almost 70% in agreement.

We are now asking for feedback and input on the proposed additional policy before a decision is made on whether to implement in the new year.  

The consultation details can be found online and will be open until February 2021.