Houses in multiple occupation

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What is a house in multiple occupation?

In most cases a house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a house or flat in which two or more households live as their main or only residence and where some of these households share basic facilities, such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom.

Licensing of HMOs

The Housing Act 2004 introduced licensing for larger HMOs and set out standards of management.

We licence all HMOs which:

  • Have three or more storeys

  • Are occupied by five or more persons forming two or more households

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please get in touch.

If you would like to talk to an officer about HMOs, please contact us by email at or by phone on 01684 272191.