1. What is a house in multiple occupation (HMO)?
2. What is a single household?
3. Do all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) have to be licensed?
4. How do I apply for a license?
5. What about homes that are not affected by licensing?
Section 258 of the Housing Act 2004 says, to count as a single household, persons must be members of the same family. This includes;
‘Relative’ includes parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, niece or cousin and half relatives, step-children and foster children.
A single household also includes any domestic staff if they are living rent free in accommodation provided by their employer.
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HMOs made up of self contained flats don’t need a license.
The Housing Act 2004 says that certain types of larger HMOs must be licensed – this is Mandatory Licensing.
This covers HMOs that are:
If your property is already registered under our existing scheme, we will have your details and will contact you. Your property will be ‘passported’ across to HMO licensing. You will automatically receive a licence which will last for the remainder of the registration period.
New Applicants should contact the Private sector housing team for an application pack. Application forms will be available on this website shortly.
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5. What about HOMs that are not affected by licensing?
All HOMs, regardless of size or location, must still meet minimum fire safety standards. Please contact the Private sector housing team for further information.
How do I find out more?
If you would like to find out more or require any advice, please contact;
Mr David Petrie Senior Environmental Officer
Mr Hugh Gibbon Renewals Inspector (Enforcement)
Hazel James Technical Clerk