What is mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation?
Since April 2006, landlords who let certain types of houses in multiple occupation (HMO) have been required to have a licence. Licensing was introduced to improve management and standards in houses in multiple occupation because these kinds of houses pose greater fire risks and there can also be problems as a result of people having to share facilities.
Under the national mandatory licensing scheme the definition of an HMO which must be licensed is one that has 5 or more people, forming 2 or more households, who are sharing facilities such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens regardless of the number of storeys.
If you are unsure about whether you may own an HMO please contact the housing licensing team:
For further advice you can: