Landlord licences

Private landlords are responsible for ensuring they have appropriate licences for their properties if applicable. 

Currently only landlords who rent houses in multiple occupation (HMO) need a licence.

Notify us of a suspected HMO without a licence

Who needs a licence

An HMO licence is required if all of the following apply:

  • It has five or more people in more than one household
  • Some or all of the occupants share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets or cooking facilities
  • At least one of the occupants pays rent (or the accommodation is linked to their employment)
  • It is the occupiers' main residence
  • It is not an exempt property such as a student hall of residence, or owned or managed by the council, a social landlord or the NHS
  • It has three or more storeys (however from 1 October 2018, the “three or more storeys” element will no longer apply as the government has changed the criteria for mandatory HMO licensing)

From 1 October 2018, it will be compulsory to obtain an HMO licence for all HMOs which meet the criteria above and HMOs that:

  • have five or more occupiers, regardless of number of storeys, or
  • are a flat in multiple occupation (if they have five or more occupiers) above or below a business, or
  • are a purpose built flat where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied as an HMO

HMO Licences

Find out more about HMOs and responsibilities.

HMO licence costs

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. 

Standard HMO Licence Fee and Re-Licence Fee
Number of bedrooms ('units of accommodation' or 'households') Fee on application (non refundable) Fee on grant of licence
1 £929 £560
2 £991 £560
3 £1,053 £560
4 £1,115 £560
5 £1,177 £560
6 £1,240 £560
7 £1,302 £560
8 £1,364 £560
9 £1,426 £560
10+ £1,489 £560

When a licence will be granted

Licences will be granted if the:

  • House is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • Applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • Proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • Management arrangements are satisfactory.

How to apply

To apply for a licence complete our HMO licensing application form (pdf, 464 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.

HMO Register

We maintain a register of licensed HMOs in the borough.

The Council does not provide the names and addresses of licence holders in electronic format in the HMO Register. This would contravene a data protection principle in that to do so would be unfair and excessive given the potential for ease of access by a large number of people.

If you wish to inspect the register and be provided with a hard copy, contact the Residential Environmental Health Team at

Please notify us using our online form if you think a property should have an HMO licence but is not on this list.


Telephone: 020 8487 5123


Updated: 24 May 2018