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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

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

Published on: 28 January 2021

Last updated: 9 April 2021

Additional Licensing Scheme consultation

Our consultation on proposals to introduce HMO Additional Licensing in Westminster has now closed and we received 89 responses from stakeholders. View a summary of the consultation reponses:

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a response during this process.

Additional Licensing Scheme Proposals

The HMO Additional Licensing Scheme Proposals will be taken to Full Council on 21 April 2021 for a decision. You can check this page for further information and updates.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are shared homes, including houses and flat shares, student homes, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats.

Westminster has the largest private rented sector in England, and is home to a diverse mix of people, families and communities. 

We want to ensure that all rented Westminster housing meets high standards of maintenance and is run professionally.

By introducing an Additional Licensing Scheme, we aim to improve conditions in the private rented sector, create sustainable tenancies with empowered tenants and reputable landlords.

This proposed scheme is part of the wider private rented sector strategy. The proposal to carry out a consultation to introduce an Additional Licensing Scheme was widely backed by respondents to the private rented sector strategy consultation in Autumn 2020.


Over the last few months, Westminster Council sought resident views on our proposal to introduce a borough-wide Additional Licensing Scheme for HMOs to ensure our city has a safe, well-managed and professionally run private rented sector. 

The consultation period opened on 19 November 2020, and closed on 18 February 2021, with 88 responses received.

Read the full consultation document below:

Next Steps

The policy will be taken to Full Council in the Spring for a decision on the scheme designation.

The policy is expected to come into effect this summer. Please check this page to view further updates.