Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
Definition of an HMO is any property which is occupied by at least 3 persons who are not members of the same household
To license your HMO
To be a licensable HMO the property must be occupied by at least 5 persons who comprise of two or more households and share at least one basic amenity such as a bathroom or kitchen.
For more details please refer to sections 254 to 259 of the Housing Act 2004
Typical examples of HMOs
- A house let as individual bedsits
- A group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants such as students or working single persons
- Hostels, some hotels and guest houses maybe considered as HMOs if they are accommodating homeless referrals
- Lodgings and shared houses
- Houses converted into self-contained flats
Licence your HMO
The HMO licence is usually issued for a period of up to 5 years and the fee is £133.35 per person.
- Click on the link to the online payment page.
- Select ‘Licensing’ from the first drop down field.
- Select ‘HMOs’ from the second drop down field.
- Enter the first line of the HMO address in the ‘Reference’ field.
- Enter the amount you want to pay.
- Enter your email address, so that the system can send you a receipt for your payment.
Here are the standards you are required to comply with as an HMO landlord: