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.

Apply or renew a HMO licence

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.

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