Houses in multiple occupation
Do I need a licence?
You need a licence if all of the following apply:
- It is at least 3 storeys high
- At least 5 tenants live there, making more than 1 household
- Toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared with other tenants
From 1 October 2018, these rules will be extended, and will also include:
- all HMOs with 5 or more tenants, making up 2 or more households, and which share some facilities regardless of how many storeys there are
- purpose built flats with up to 2 flats in the block, where 1 or both of the flats are occupied by 5 or more people making 2 or more households. This will apply if the flat is above commercial premises or is in a residential block
All landlords and agents with properties which meet these new criteria will have to have a licence by the 1 October 2018.
You must complete and return an HMO licensing application form. The licence is valid for five years and there is a fee. The licence cannot relate to more than one property and is not transferable.
We will give you a licence if we are satisfied that:
- the proposed licence holder/s are 'fit and proper' people
- the property and the tenancy are managed appropriately
- the accommodation meets all minimum standards
Landlords and/or agents who don't apply for a licence can be fined up to £20,000, and given a criminal record. They may have to repay the rent for the time the property is unlicensed.