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

HMO Licences

Read more about Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

An HMO Licence is required for a property if all of the following apply:

  • It has five or more occupiers comprising two or more separate households, regardless of number of storeys
  • It is a house or self-contained flat but is not a purpose-built flat situated in a block comprising three or more self-contained flats
  • 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

Operating a licensable HMO without a licence is an offence which can be dealt with by a financial penalty or a conviction in court.

From 1 October 2018, mandatory licensing is no longer limited to HMOs that are three or more storeys high, but includes buildings with one or two storeys.

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 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, 417 KB).

Return details are included on the form.

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: 18 March 2019