Houses in multiple occupation
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property which is occupied by people who do not form a single household and in which tenants share parts of the accommodation (kitchens, bathrooms, toilets or simply the hallway or stairs) with people who are not part of the same household.
There are some exemptions and these include:
- house or flat with only two persons
- resident landlord plus two separate tenants
- houses converted entirely into self contained flats with Building Regulations Approval, where at least one third are owner occupied
- houses subject to control orders
- registered social landlords (such as housing associations)
- houses registered under the Children Act 1989, Registered Homes Act 1984
- educational establishments
- health service accommodation
- local authority owned property
Guidance for landlords
What is an HMO?
If you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) that consists of three storeys (including a habitable basement) or more and has at least five occupiers in more than one household, you will require a licence from us. These are often called 'house shares'.
The Council currently has no proposals to introduce registration for non-mandatory, two storey HMOs although the safety and amenity standards above will still apply.
Public register of licensed HMO's
We have available to view a public register of those HMO's licensed by us.
How to apply
If you are a landlord with a qualifying licensable HMO, you will need to complete the HMO licensing application form. Please also read the application guidance before completing the licence application and be aware that when submitting this form any personal information you give to us is covered by the Environmental Health Privacy Notice .
The fee for a licence application is currently £450 and your payment must accompany the application form for it to be valid. You could also pay online by debit card if you prefer, selecting 'environmental health licences' from the pick list.