Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) helps to improve neighbourhoods and shared housing and bedsits for private tenants.  We are happy to assist you as much as possible and we are always keen to build strong relationships with landlords, agents and property owners. 

Which HMOs need a licence?

Before applying

Apply and pay for an HMO Licence


Public Register of licensed HMOs

HMO standards and guidance

Good practice documents for licensed HMOs

Changes to my licensed HMO

HMO licensing penalties and sanctions

How licensing helps improve homes and neighbourhoods

Report an unlicensed HMO

Will licensing stop properties being used as HMOs? 

Buying a licensable HMO

Minimum room sizes in licensed HMOs:

There is a minimum bedroom size requirement: 6.51m2 for a single occupancy and 10.22m2 for a double occupancy in licensable HMOs with the minimum ceiling height of 1.5m. Bedrooms below these sizes will be disregarded. All licensed properties with single bedrooms less than 6.51m2 will need to be either extended or not used as bedrooms. This will apply to new licences and licence renewals with a condition to complete works to comply with the new standards. Click here for more information.

To measure the bedroom size, an inspecting officer will check the size between the walls (not skirting boards) and multiply the measurement:  i.e.3.25mx2.50m=8.125m2. Some spaces, like stairs leading to the loft room would not be counted as a usable space.

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