What is a HMO
If you are a landlord and you own a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may need a HMO licence. A HMO is a building or a part of a building (such as a flat) that is occupied by more than two persons living as more than one household.
To protect tenants in HMOs from poor conditions, the government regulates:
- The quality of the accommodation
- That you or your representatives are suitable to manage a HMO
- That you do not have too many people living in your HMO
- That HMOs considered high-risk are monitored.
We deal with all aspects of HMO licensing such as:
- Helping you through the application process
- Assisting with any events or change of circumstances after your licence is issued
- Helping you to renew your licence when the old one is due to expire.
You can find information you need to apply for, change or renew a HMO licence in these pages. You can also apply for or renew a HMO licence online.
Please note, that if you are changing the use of a property into a HMO you are strongly advised to consult the planning department before applying for a licence. If planning permission is unlikely to be approved, a HMO licence will have no bearing on the matter should the Planning Office consider it necessary to pursue formal action.