What is an HMO?

Your property is an HMO if it is rented out to at least three tenants. The residents cannot be from the same ‘household’ (e.g. relatives, couples), and must share bathroom or cooking facilities.

Do I need an HMO licence?

From 1 October 2018 a new legislation was introduced, stating that all properties that are rented out to five or more people, not from one family must have an HMO licence.

Previously, a licence was only required if a property consisted of three or more storeys. For more information see Homestamp or contact the Private Sector Housing department.

Failure to have the correct licence after this date could mean prosecution or a civil penalty for landlords or letting agents.

Apply for an HMO licence

Submit an application for a HMO license

Make your application to the Private Sector Housing department, for an HMO licence. Your payment can be submitted online as part of your application.

Licence fee

HMO Licence fees from 1 April 2019

Description of charge

2020-21

First Payment

Second Payment

Houses in Multiple Occupation

– standard licence

single application

£686.00

£412

£274

multiple application

£1028.00

£617

£411

– standard licence

increased occupancy numbers

11 – 15

single application

£1200.00

£720

£480

multiple application

£960.00

£576

£384

16 – 20

single application

£1,200.00

£720

£480

multiple application

£1,132.00

£679

£453

21 plus

single application

£1,371.00

£823

£548

multiple application

£1,303.00

£782

£521

Houses in Multiple Occupation

– renewal licence

single application

£527.00

£316

£211

multiple application

£429.00

£257

£172

– renewal licence

increased occupancy numbers

11 – 15

single application

£873.00

£502

£335

multiple application

£805.00

£483

£322

16 – 20

single application

£1045.00

£627

£418

multiple application

£977.00

£586

£391

21 plus

single application

£1,216.00

£730

£486

multiple application

£1,148.00

£689

£459

Please note: Floor plans - please ensure you label the rooms (for example 'bedroom 1' and 'bedroom 2') with sizes in m2 (square meters), and that the rooms correspond with the application form.
If you have previously submitted your certificates when you applied for your mandatory licence and the certificates are in date and have not expired, you will not need to re-submit them.

I'd like to report an unlicensed HMO property

Report a suspected unlicensed HMO

Has my landlord applied for a licence?

Public Register (MHDC)