A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property which is occupied by three or more people forming two or more households, where facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms are normally shared. It includes bedsits, shared houses and some self-contained flats.
All landlords who let large houses in multiple occupation need an HMO licence from the council. HMO licences are valid for five years, after which they need to be renewed. Further information of HMO Standards can be found here.
From 1 October 2018 mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing changed. Mandatory licensing is no longer only be limited to HMOs that are three or more storeys high but will also include buildings with one or two storeys which are occupied by 5 or more people sharing an amenity. The new legislation applies to landlords across the UK.
What buildings are included?
Section 257 HMOs are not included in Mandatory Licensing. A section 257 HMO is a building that has been converted into a block of flats, which are all now self-contained, which do not comply with current building regulations, and less than two-thirds of the flats are owner-occupied.
How to apply for a mandatory HMO Licence
If you have an additional licence that will expire and require a new mandatory licence either:
We are required by law to provide certain information on a public register. This includes:
Fees - new application
|Property Details||Non Rent It Right (LAS) member||Rent It Right (LAS) member|
|Basic property with 5 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 6 to 10 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 11 to 15 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 16 to 20 occupants|
|Property of 3 storeys or more with 20+ occupants|
Failure to apply for a licence is an offence under section 72 of the housing act 2004 which upon summary conviction may render a person liable to a fine up to £20,000. An application may also be made to the residential property service for a rent repayment order. Should an order be made there may be a requirement to repay housing benefit paid to an occupier of the house in multiple occupation while the property was unlicensed.
A full refund will be given if:
A refund will not be given if: