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Homes in Multiple Occupancy - Licence

This page contains details about the criteria for and how to apply for a house in multiple occupation.

Licence summary

If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made to the local housing authority.

A fee maybe charged.

You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

The premises must meet the Councils Amenity Standard OWBC HMO and Private Sector Amenity Standard (PDF Document, 10 Mb)

Regulation summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application evaluation process

Licences will be granted if:-

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation,

  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence,

  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager,

  • the management arrangements are satisfactory.

Will tacit consent apply

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Apply for a house in multiple occupation licence. The standard fee is £777.00.

  • To renew an existing HMO licence you should follow the above link. The renewal fee for a HMO licence is £643.30

Tell us about a change to your existing house in multiple occupation licence

  • The fee for an unlicenced premise identified by the Council incurs an additional fee of £200.00 to the mandatory HMO licence fee.

HMO Public Register 2016 (Excel Spreadsheet, 12.4 Kb)

Failed application redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your local authority in the first instance.

You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence.

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Consumer complaint

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.

Other redress

For example about noise, pollution and so on. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations

British Property Federation (BPF)

National Federation of Property Professionals

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