An HMO is a house or flat which is occupied by three or more people forming two or more households, which means that at least one of the occupiers is not related to the others (two if the owner lives in the property with them).
To be an HMO some facilities must be shared, such as a toilet, bathroom or kitchen. In other words, the occupiers do not have these facilities self-contained within their personal accommodation.
The Regulations impose duties on a person managing an HMO in respect of:
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places duties on the person having control of an HMO to have fire precautions in place, to make sure the property is safe and to carry out fire risk assessments.
Landlords should read the Guidance for Fire Safety(pdf, 1455KB) and make sure there are appropriate means of escape and fire detection systems according to the type of property and the way it is used. For example, a house containing individual bedsits each with cooking facilities will require a much higher level of protection than a shared house with a single kitchen.
You must make sure:
You must also:
An HMO licence is required if all of the following apply:
The current fee structure for an HMO licence was introduced by the Council on 22 June 2017. You can read the full background report to the decision to set these fees.
|Number of bedrooms ('units of accomodation' or 'households')||Fee on application (non refundable)||Fee on grant of licence|
Licences will be granted if the:
Tacit consent does not apply - this means that you do not acquire a licence just by applying for it - the Council has to approve and issue the licence.
Mandatory and discretionary licence conditions will apply. For more information read our HMO licensing policy(pdf, 94KB). The Council may add other conditions to your licence to improve the standard of the facilities or to make the house safer.
To apply for a licence complete our HMO licensing application form (pdf, 291 KB).
Return details are included on the form.
You should first contact us if you have an issue or query regarding an HMO licence application.
You can appeal a decision or make a complaint regarding an HMO licence to the Residential Property Tribunal. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.
We maintain a register of licensed HMOs in the borough.
HMO licence register(pdf, 179KB) (updated 28 September 2016) is a list of licensed HMOs giving the address only.
You can check if a property in the borough has an HMO licence. Not all HMOs require a licence. Please contact us if you think a property should have an HMO licence but is not on this list.
If you wish to see the full register, you will need to make a freedom of information request.
Telephone: 020 8487 5123
Updated: 13 July 2017