A house is a HMO if both of the following apply:-
- at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 2 households
- you share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:-
- married or living together - including people in same-sex relationships
- relatives or half-relatives, eg grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
- step-parents and step-children
Do I need a HMO licence?
If you are a landlord and you own a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), you may need a HMO licence. Not all HMOs need to be licensed. Under the national mandatory licensing scheme a HMO must be licensed if it has:-
- Five or more tenants in two or more households, and
- Shared facilities such as kitchen, bathroom and toilet
Is there a charge?
A fee is payable on application for a HMO licence, but you may get a reduction.
If you live in a large HMO, your landlord must meet certain standards and obligations.
The Council is responsible for enforcing HMO standards and can make a landlord take action to correct any problems.
If you would like advice about a HMO please complete our enquiry form.
Last Updated on Monday, June 22, 2020