Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
See if you need an HMO licence
You need a licence for your HMO if all of the following apply:
- it accommodates five or more people across any number of floors
- tenants form two or more households
- they share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen and
- they share a living room where bedrooms are the minimum size.
The following properties also need a licence:
- purpose-built flats of no more than two where tenants form two or more households and they share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen
- a commercial property with purpose-built flats of no more than two, where at least one flat has tenants that form two or more households and they share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen
Purpose-built flats of three or more, such as a halls of residence, do not need a licence.
If you are a registered provider of social housing, you may not need a licence. See the list of registered providers
If you're still not sure, you can check with our Licensing team.
Change of use
If you're in a HMO Article 4 direction area, you will also need planning permission to change the use of the property.