HMO licenses

The Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence will specify the maximum number of people who may live in the HMO along with conditions such as:

  • a valid annual gas safety certificate
  • evidence that each occupier has a written agreement
  • evidence that electrical appliances, installation and furniture are to present standards

A licence will normally be valid for five years from the date of issue. Licence renewals will be charged at half the current rate for new applications. A charge will also be made for variations to a licence during the period when the licence is in force.

Apply for a HMO licence

Fit and proper person

The responsible person (license holder) is the person having control of or the person managing the property. License holders must be fit and proper people.

We will look into:

  • any previous convictions relating to offences involving violence, sexual offences, drugs or fraud
  • whether the proposed licence holder has contravened any laws relating to housing or landlord and tenant issues
  • whether the person has been found guilty of unlawful discrimination practices
  • whether the person has managed HMO's otherwise than in accordance with any approved code of practice


New 5 year licences:

Up to 5 lettings - £1,081.25

6 to 9 lettings - £1,245.00

10 - 14 lettings £1,428.00

15 - 19 lettings £1,581.00

20 lettings and above - £1,734.00

Changes to a licence:

Single dwelling is re-let as a House in Multiple Occupation - £877.25

House in Multiple Occupation is re-let as a single dwelling - £158.25


Inspections will be carried out with regard to licensing requirements. An inspection of each HMO will also be carried out under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) , which is set out in the Housing Act 2004 and replaces the current housing fitness standard. This will include a risk assessment of the effect of housing conditions on the health and safety of occupiers.

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