Mandatory licensable houses in multiple occupation and shared houses - Landlord information

HMO's in the private sector housing market are seen as valuable accommodation but it is recognised that some landlords lack the skills and knowledge to professionally manage these properties. Licensing is seen by the government as a way to improve those HMO's by ensuring that landlords are fit and proper persons and that the standards of property management are adequate.

On 6 April 2006 Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation came into force nationally. Initially licensing was introduced for HMO's with three or more storeys but since 1 October 2018 mandatory licensing has been extended to all HMO's with five or more unrelated occupants regardless of the number of storeys.

HMO Licences will last for a maximum of five years, although in certain circumstances the licence may be issued for a shorter period. It will contain the following information:

  • the address of the licensed property
  • the name and address of the licence holder
  • the name and address of the person having responsibility for the management of the licensed property
  • specify the maximum number of occupants who may occupy the HMO
  • the period for which the licence is granted
  • conditions of the licence