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Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
What is an HMO?
A simple definition of an HMO is a house or flat which is occupied by 3 or more unrelated persons. The term can apply to hostels, including student residences, bedsits and shared flats.
What is Happening?
Legislation requires that houses in multiple occupation are licensed by the Council.
- Houses in Multiple Occupation - Overprovision Policy (40KB PDF)
- Guidance Notes and Standards for Shared Accommodation (414KB PDF) *New fees November 2013*
- Application for Grant, Validation or Variation of Licence for House in Multiple Occupation (6.52MB MS Word doc)
- Houses in Multiple Occupation - Licensing Conditions (175KB PDF) *New March 2013*
- HMO Management Standards Document (408KB MS Word doc)
- Sample Emergency Plan (22KB PDF)
- Sample Record of Fire Safety Equipment and Training (41KB PDF)
Do you live in a multiple occupation house or flat?
Illegal, unlicensed accommodation may not meet the Council's safety standards and residents may be at risk.
Have you concerns regarding:
- Fire Safety?
- Gas/Electrical Safety?
- Standard of Repair?
- Tenancy Issues?
Have you checked the licensing status of your accommodation with your landlord?
If you are unhappy or uncertain, if you wish further advice, or if you have any problems with the standard of your accommodation, please contact the HMO Unit.
Do you operate premises which require a licence?
Landlords who continue to operate HMOs without a licence are committing an offence and render themselves liable to prosecution and a fine of up to £50,000.
Are your premises up to standard, clean and well maintained?
Do they have a legitimised planning status?
- upgraded the means of escape?
- addressed gas and electrical safety issues?
- fulfilled your common property responsibilities?
If you wish any further advice regarding the licensing scheme or the relevant standards, please contact the HMO Unit.
Are there multi-occupied houses in your neighbourhood?
Where a licensing application has been submitted, a public notice requires to be displayed for 21 days, where it can be easily read, at or near the premises.
You are entitled to object, stating the grounds of your objection:
- if you believe that unlicensed HMOs are being operated in your neighbourhood
- if you are experiencing nuisance conditions arising from or associated with HMOs.
For further advice and for information regarding the licensing scheme, please contact the HMO Unit.