Non-licensable houses in multiple occupancy (HMO's)

On the 1 October 2018 it will be a mandatory requirement for all houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) occupied by 5 or more persons in 2 or more households to have a licence.

HMO's with 3 or 4 people living as 2 or more households will not require a licence after this date, however the accommodation will be regarded as a non-licensable HMO and fire safety measures, local amenity standards and HMO management regulations will still apply.

Certain properties which may meet the licensing criteria are exempt from licensing, these include:

  • local authority owned properties (freehold or leasehold)
  • properties owned or managed by public bodies such as registered social landlords, health service bodies or police authorities and properties regulated by other legislation such as care homes, nursing homes and children's homes.

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Last updated: 22/09/2021 17:06

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