The council has made an Article 4 Direction relating to houses in multiple occupation, this came into force 14 October 2019.
To rent out properties in Doncaster you may need a licence. The license you need will depend on the location, type, size and number of people living in the property.
Houses in Multiple Occupation regulations place a duty on the manager of the property to provide and maintain good living conditions to protect the tenants from risk of injury.
Houses in multiple occupation with five or more tenants belonging to two or more households, require a licence from the council. In parts of central Doncaster, we have introduced additional licensing for houses in multiple occupation which brings the threshold down to four tenants.
Houses in multiple occupation are those which are shared by three or more unrelated persons.Historically fires in HMOs have been more prevalent than in single homes. Larger HMOs will required a licence from the Council, however different laws apply to all HMOs in relation to fire safety. A higher standard of fire precaution and protection is required in houses of multiple occupation compared to that of a single occupied dwelling. The exact measures depend on the property size, layout and type of letting.
If you're a landlord or property managing agent who lets houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), you may need to apply for a licence. Due to the recent changes in national legislation and the introduction of additional licensing, we are experiencing some delays in the processing of applications. Your patience is appreciated.