Mandatory HMO licensing


Under the Housing Act 2004 (Part 2) large Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have to be licensed. Mandatory licensing aims to ensure that these large, higher risk HMOs meet minimum standards of safety, management and repair.

Mandatory licensing applies to all HMOs in England which:

  • Have 3 or more storeys
  • Contain 5 or more people in more than one household (including students and professional sharers)
  • Have shared amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities or are not fully self-contained
  • Is not owned or managed by a housing association, local authority or by the police or health services

You must check to see if a licence is required for your property. It is a criminal offence carrying a maximum fine of £20,000 to operate an HMO without a licence if one is required.

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Before proceeding with an application for an HMO licence please read the documents

These documents contact essential information to help you with your application.