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HMO licensing

A HMO is a house in multiple occupation and applies to buildings that are either a single dwelling or a flat where one or more separate households share facilities such as; kitchens, toilet and bathroom.

A HMO licence is needed if a property:

  • has three storeys or more (including cellars, attics, basements, mezzanine floors and loft conversions) and
  • is occupied by five or more people from two or more households and
  • has tenants who share some amenities like kitchen, bathroom or laundry
  • in some cases a maisonette in a house or above commercial premises may need a licence if similarly occupied.

Apply for a HMO

This page was last updated: 9 August 2017

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