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Licence - Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

Register of licensed HMOs

The Housing Act 2004 requires every local authority to establish and maintain a public register of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensed under the act.

For the current register, please download:

New licence applications will not appear on our register until they have been processed and issued by us.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

A house in multiple occupation is by legal definition one of the following:


The types of HMO that require a licence are:


The landlord or managing agents of these properties are now legally required to hold a licence.

If the owner or person acting on his/her behalf does not apply for a licence they are committing a criminal offence and may result in prosecution and a large fine. In addition, rents paid on an unlicensed property may be recoverable via the Residential Property Tribunal under certain circumstances.

Applying for a licence

Applications can be made online by going to our house in multiple occupation licence page.

The current fee for the licence has been set at £620 per licensable HMO, there is a discount for Accredited Landlords. Licences granted may last for up to five years.

For further information on Houses in Multiple Occupancy and licensing you can contact our Housing Team or visit the Communities and Local Government website.

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