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Information for landlords

8. Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

A houses in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by 3 or more people of 2 or more households. A household can be a single person or several members of the same family. This includes bedsits, hostels, self-contained flats and shared houses.

Houses fully converted into self-contained flats will not generally be HMOs provided that they were/are converted in accordance with the 1991 Building Regulations.

Some HMOs are required by law to be licensed by the local authority under the Housing Act 2004. These are HMOs which are made up of 5 or more people of 2 or more households, living over 3 or more storeys where at least 2 households share amenities (e.g. bathrooms, kitchens, etc.).

The current fees for mandatory HMO licenses are as follows:

  • first application - £681.35
  • subsequent applications/renewals - £555.50

From 1st April 2018 fees will increase to:

  • first application - £689
  • subsequent applications/renewals - £561

Please note that each HMO license is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

If you would like to apply for a mandatory HMO license then please complete the application form below and return it using the contact details on the form.

When completing your application please refer to the checklist (PDF 108Kb), floor plan example (100Kb) and recommended standards (122Kb) documents.

Download the HMO licence application (PDF 366Kb)

If you would like to apply for the renewal of a mandatory HMO license then please complete the following application form and return it using the contact details on the form.

Download the HMO renewal licence form (PDF 306Kb)

Pay online

Use our online payment services to pay for a HMO licence fee or a HMO renewal licence fee.