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HMO Licensing

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Your property will require a licence if all of the following apply:

  • it has any number of storeys
  • it's rented to five or more people from two or more households
  • it has shared facilities like a kitchen, bathroom or WC

Licensing will also apply to blocks of purpose-built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied as an HMO. Government guidance is available here: HMO and residential property licensing reform..


A household is a family, cohabiting couple or separate individuals.

A single household can consist of: husband, wife, co-habitee, child, step-child, foster-child, grandchild, parent, step-parent, foster-parent, grandparent, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin.

For example, four friends are four households, even if they share a tenancy.  

Apply for a Licence

Visit the Apply for an HMO Licence page to apply, renew an existing HMO licence and view the guidance.

Further Information

Refer to our FAQs for further information on HMO licensing.

If you wish to know which properties are licensed, contact us for details of our Public register of HMOs.

Standards and conditions

Our HMO Standards and Conditions page provides information on what standards you will need to achieve and what conditions may be applied to your licence