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Mandatory licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's)

HMO licensing

An HMO licence is required if a property has 5 or more occupants forming 2 or more households and where there is some sharing of the basic amenities (washing facilities, toilets, kitchens).

The government also introduced minimum room sizes for bedrooms and a new mandatory condition which require licence holders to have appropriate arrangements in place for the storage and disposal of household waste.

A City wide Additional Licensing designated has also been made from 6th April 2020.


Standards and conditions for HMOs

All HMO licences are subject to conditions which the licence holder must comply with either immediately or within a specified period of time. The Housing Act 2004 stipulates mandatory conditions that must be included in every licence granted. We can also impose any other specific property conditions considered necessary for regulating the management, use and occupation of premises plus its condition and contents.


Guidance on HMO Licensing


The legal minimum standards for HMO's are set out in the Housing Act 2004 and national Regulations. The HMO Management Regulations cover the legal duties for the day to day running of HMO's

All HMO's are subject to the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme (HHSRS). This is a risk based evaluation tool to help local authorities identify and protect against potential risks to the health and safety of tenants from deficiencies identified in dwellings.


Making an application for a licence

All applications for a new licence must be made online and paid in two parts as part of the application process. You will need to set up an account to complete a property licence application and to track the status of your application.

What do I need to apply?

  • room sizes and property facilities
  • details of property structure and safety equipment
  • names and addresses of persons and organisations with an interest in the property
  • payment card details
  • certificates e.g. gas safety, electrical, EPC etc.


Apply and pay for a new HMO licence


Apply and pay to renew an existing HMO licence


Apply to make a variation to an existing HMO licence

Fees and Charges.pdf


Public register

All properties which currently have an HMO or Selective Licence can be viewed on our public register. We are currently moving to a new system please also visit this public register to view new licence applications.


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