Houses in multiple occupation licence
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 ‘household’ (eg a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It’s sometimes called a ‘house share’.
You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all the following apply:
- it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
- tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
For new 5 yearly licence:
- Band A - £668 (Max permitted occupancy 6 persons)
- Band B - £816 (Max permitted occupancy 7 - 9 persons)
- Band C - £838 (Max permitted occupancy 9 - 14 persons)
- Band D - £978 (Max permitted occupancy 15 or more)
Licence renewal fee is 50% of application fee.
Apply online at Gov.uk:
You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Make sure to select the correct service from the left-hand side.
You can find the current HMO regulations here:
You can find current HMO guidance here:
You can find a list of all licensed HMOs in the district here:
Report a licensing issue
Tell us about a licensing issue here:
You can contact the Environmental Health team for assistance:
- Tel: 01609 777138
- E-mail: [email protected]