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Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO)

If you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO), you may require a licence.


Applications must be made to the local housing authority.

A fee will be charged.

You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory


The mandatory HMO licensing fee is £830 for a 5 year licence per property. The fee is paid in two parts:

How to apply

All applications must be made with the following supporting documentation, without which the application will not be validated: 

  • Floor plan showing accurate dimensions of all rooms and the position of fire precautions and smoke/heat detector. 
  • The current Gas Safety Certificate (as applicable) 
  • The current Electrical Installation Condition Report.
  • A schedule  showing the last Portable Appliance Testing carried out on electrical equipment/appliances provided by the landlord.
  • The current certificate of compliance and testing for any grade A fire alarm system installed. 
  • The current certificate of compliance for any emergency lighting in the HMO.
  • A Fire Risk Assessment for the property, reviewed within the last year. 

Applications can be scanned and e-mailed to or posted to Environmental Health, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB.  W

Once an application is received it will be processed within 8 weeks.

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