If you let your property to several tenants who aren't members of the same family, it may be a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

What a house of multiple occupation is

A property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if it is:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
  • toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared
  • a house divided into bedsits, occupied by people who do not form one household and who share one or more amenities
  • a shared house that is occupied by more than one household and who share one or more amenities (i.e. w/c, wash hand basin, shower, bath, cooking facilities)

A household consists of either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.


An HMO must have a licence if it is both 3 or more storeys high and occupied by 5 or more people.

Mandatory HMO licensing schedule of fees
Property size cost
HMO with 5 to 6 bedspaces £510.00
HMO with 7 to 8 bedspaces £610.00
HMO with 9 plus bedspaces £715.00

Risk assessment

The council has to carry out a Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) risk assessment on your HMO within 5 years of receiving a licence application. If the inspector finds any unacceptable risks during the assessment, you must carry out work to eliminate them.

Reporting changes

You must tell the council if:

  • you plan to make changes to an HMO
  • your tenants make changes
  • your tenants’ circumstances change (eg they have a child)

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