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.
Do I need an HMO licence?
Most landlords and property managing agents who let a property which meets the criteria of an HMO will need to apply for an HMO licence. This is done through the council where the property is located.
To see if you’re exempt from applying, please read the following section.
Failure to apply for a licence can lead to unlimited fines, a criminal record and potentially rent repayment orders.
Who's exempt from applying?
You’re exempt from applying for a license if you let a building/part of a building which is:
- Controlled or managed by the following public sector bodies:
- local housing authorities
- non-profit registered providers of social housing
- public sector bodies which are registered as social landlords under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52). Please click the link at the bottom of this section for further details
- police and crime commissioners
- the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime,
- a fire and rescue authority
- a Health Service Body
Controlled or managed by a co-operative society
Regulated otherwise than under the Housing Act 2004
Occupied solely or mainly by people studying a full-time further/higher education course at an educational establishment, or one of a specified description. The property is also controlled or managed by an educational establishment, or a person of a specified description
Occupied by religious communities
Occupied by owners
For full details of exemptions, please refer to Schedule 14 of the Housing Act 2004.
How much will it cost?
Fees are charged for licensing a house in multiple occupation and licences are valid for up to 5 years.
|New application||£800 (up to 5 bedrooms) + £55 per additional room|
|Renewal*||£740 (up to 5 bedrooms) + £55 per additional room|
*If renewing, the application must be made before the existing licence has lapsed.
Apply for a licence
To apply for a licence, please click the button below.
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
- the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
- the management arrangements are satisfactory
Failed application, licence holder redress and queries
If you wish to appeal against a licence refusal or conditions applied or for any other queries, please contact the Enforcement Team in the first instance.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: 01302 737573
You may appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal
Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.
For further information on HMO licensing please go to the Communities and Local Government website
HMO Licence register
The council must maintain a public register of all the premises licensed as an HMO, please visit the following page:
If you have any enquiries about a property which has been licensed or which you feel should be licensed and is not, please contact us using the details on this page.
- Housing Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation
- Download (355KB - PDF)