Changes to houses in multiple occupation

The Government has now decided to extend the scope of mandatory HMO licensing to bring smaller HMOs within the scheme. From the 1 October 2018 the following properties will require a mandatory HMO licence:

All HMO's:

  • with 5 or more occupants
  • making up 2 or more households*
  • where occupants share basic amenities such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities (this essentially removes the storey element)
  • purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied in the above definition

There is no grace period for the new mandatory licensing requirements. Valid applications must be received before the 1 October 2018, and failure to apply for licenses by this date is a criminal offence.

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If you rent out a property for multiple occupation, you may require a licence from us.

Apply for a licence

An application for a licence, a notice of proposal, will be sent to interested parties in the property, such as owners, mortgagees, and freeholders, giving them 14 days to comment or object to the conditions of the licence. A formal licence will be given after that time. No automatic consent is given if the applicant isn't contacted within a certain time period.

Criteria for granting a licence:

  • the proposed licence holder, who can be the landlord or managing agent, is a "fit and proper" person
  • the property and the tenancy are managed appropriately
  • the accommodation meets all minimum standards, such as sufficient number of toilets, kitchens and bathrooms for the number of residents

Licences may be issued with certain conditions attached.

Page last updated 03/05/2018