Houses in multiple occupation

All houses in multiple occupation (HMO) which have five or more people in two or more separate households need a licence, regardless of the number of storeys in the building. The licensing process assesses whether the property has adequate fire precautions, proper standards and amenities and whether the landlord or manager is a suitable person to manage the property.

Please apply for a licence, which costs £450 and lasts for five years. Financial penalties can be imposed on owners of HMOs which have not been licensed.

View the register of current HMOs

Find out more about HMO licensing

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