Homes in multiple occupancy licence

How to apply for a houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

Licence summary

We are committed to ensuring that all people are adequately housed in well maintained dwellings that meet their needs.

The provision of good quality private rented accommodation plays a valuable role in meeting this aim. To maintain standards throughout the range of accommodation, we are committed to working with private landlords and agencies.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a house occupied by persons who do not form a single household.

Examples of HMOs include:

  • Self contained flats
  • Flatlets
  • Bedsit accommodation
  • Shared houses
  • Some bed and breakfast establishments
  • Hostels
  • Guesthouses
  • Houses let in lodgings
  • Residential care homes

There are minimum standards for HMOs. The standards include the management of the property, the number and type of sanitary and kitchen facilities, fire safety, overcrowding and the general suitability of the building for multiple occupation.

Officers from the Private Sector Housing Team ensure that these premises meet these standards by:

  • Responding to complaints
  • Carrying out inspections
  • Viewing planning applications

Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) is an East Midlands Partnership which aims to raise housing standards in the region, which will create a fairer and better housing market for all those who own, rent or let residential property whilst protecting the most vulnerable.

The DASH website offers a wealth of information on housing standards.

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