Licence - homes in multiple occupancy

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Specific regulations apply to all houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs). These require certain standards of accommodation to be met as well as a decent standard of management.

Landlords and property managing agents who let houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) need to apply for a licence where the property has at least three floors and five or more tenants who do not form the same household. It is part of a nationwide drive to improve standards in private rented accommodation.

How to apply

You can apply:

Guidance on how to apply for an HMO licence and information about what happens next is available below:

PDF file downloadHMO licence application guidance (PDF, 121kb)

If you already have an HMO licence for your property and you need to change it please contact us.

HMO licence fees

Type of licence Fee
New 5 year HMO licence - up to 5 bedrooms £725
New additional fee per extra bedroom £63
New - a reduction where the landlord is accredited £63
New - a reduction where the landlord is applying for more than one licence £63
Renewal of 5 year HMO licence - up to 5 bedrooms £545
Renewal of additional fee per extra bedroom £45
Renewal - a reduction where the landlord is accredited £45
Renewal - a reduction where the landlord is applying for more than one licence £45
Request for additional information by letter £69

Eligibility criteria

Please read the PDF file downloadLandlord's Guide to HMO Licensing (PDF, 47kb) if you think you may need a licence.

What the law says

The relevant legislation is Housing Act 2004.

Application process

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

Conditions may be attached to the licence that require the landlord to bring the property up to the required standard.

An inspection of the property is sometimes necessary before a licence can be issued.

How long will it take my application to process?

We will contact you within 7 working days to discuss your application. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within a reasonable period.

Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

Please contact us in the first instance.

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

Complaints about licence holders

Please contact us.

Further information

Further information about licensing of HMOs:

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