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, where at least 2 households share amenities for example bathrooms, kitchens, etc. This is due to changes to HMO licenses that came into effect on 1 October 2018.

The current fees for mandatory HMO licences are as follows:

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

From 1 April 2019 the HMO licence fees are as follows:

  • first application - £705 for a property with up to 5 rooms of sleeping accommodation
  • subsequent application/renewals - £575 for a property with up to 5 rooms of sleeping accommodation

There will be additional fees introduced from 1 April 2019. Also, fees will be paid in two parts.

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

If you would like to apply for a mandatory HMO licence 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 (PDF 184.77Kb) documents.

Download the HMO licence application (PDF 366Kb)

If you would like to apply for the renewal of a mandatory HMO licence 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)

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