Houses in multiple occupation
What is an HMO?
Under the Housing Act 2004 a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is simply a dwelling occupied by more than one household.
Do I need a licence to rent out my HMO property?
Some HMOs need to have a licence and from 1 April 2018 you are legally required to licence your property if:
- It is a building in which two or more families/individuals share basic amenities (such as a kitchen or bathroom)
- It is a converted building which contains one or more units of accommodation that are not self-contained;
- It has five or more people (including children) living there;
- the five or more people make up more than one household (family unit).
How much does an HMO licence cost?
There is a fee to apply for a licence which must be paid at the same time as submitting your application. Please see our Fees and Charges page for details.
How can I apply?
You should refer to our HMO Licence Application Notes to help you complete your application - this will avoid lengthy delays when processing your licence application.
Note: A separate form must be completed for each individual property that needs a licence.
The Council publishes an extract of the HMO register available to view free of charge by clicking here.