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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: 24 March 2021

Exemptions, evaluating applications, and appeals

Exemptions from HMO licences

Here are a list of resources you can access to verify if you are exempt from HMO licences:

Full list of public body property exemption 

Housing Act 2004 

Information on student accommodation exemptions

Process of evaluating applications

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • any proposed manager, having control of the house, is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

Appealing a HMO licence

There is a consultation period before the licence is issued where interested persons can make representations about the application.

If your application is not successful, please contact our team first.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.