Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - licence
The legislation for licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) has changed. From 1 April 2018, if you rent out a property to five or more tenants in two or more households, you must apply for an HMO licence before 1 October 2018. The new legislation has removed the requirement for a property to have three or more storeys in order to need a licence.
We use the following criteria when considering your application for a HMO licence:
- you and any manager of the property must be a fit and proper person
- you must be the most appropriate person to hold the licence
- the property must have proper management standards
- the HMO must be suitable, or be made suitable, for the number of tenants occupying it, including the number, type and quality of shared bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities