Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licences

Do I need a HMO licence?

If a HMO has 5 or more occupiers, it is a licensable HMO and the landlord must apply for a licence.  

Also, HMO landlords must meet management regulations requiring them to: 

  • give their contact details to the tenants. Contact details and emergency contact numbers should also be displayed in the property.
  • keep fire escapes clear and maintain firefighting equipment and alarms 
  • ensure that the property design and structure will not cause any injury 
  • provide adequate, uninterrupted water supply and drainage 
  • provide adequate supply of gas (if any) and electricity 
  • have gas and electrical safety certificates, provided by a member of a ‘competent person’ scheme 
  • keep the property and any shared gardens in good repair 
  • provide suitable rubbish disposal. 

We carry out inspections following a complaint from a tenant as well as programmed inspections.