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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property where several
people live and share facilities, but do not form a single
household. For example a bedsit, hostel, shared houses and
out more about homes in multiple occupation on the GOV.UK
For owners and residents of HMOs, we have produced a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Policy
(pdf 210KB) and
Diversity Impact Assessment screening form (pdf 80KB).
All HMOs are subject to regulations. These regulations impose
duties on the manager of a HMO so that certain facilities are
provided, inspected and maintained, the physical structure of the
property is kept in good order and residents are provided with
emergency contact details.
of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations
2006 cover all HMOs which do not comprise
and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional
Provisions) (England) Regulations 2007 cover some
buildings that have been converted into self-contained flats.
Under the Housing Act
2004, the government has introduced a mandatory licensing
scheme for some HMOs.
At present, HMO licensing only applies to buildings that are
three or more storeys high (includes basements and loft
conversions) and occupied by five or more people.
Landlords must submit a separate licence application for each
property rented out. While the council has to charge a fee for
processing licence applications, discounts are offered to multiple
The licence will last for five years.
All licensed HMOs will be inspected to identify disrepair, fire
safety, or other safety concerns. Landlords will be required to
bring their property up to standard within a fixed period.
Download the Private
Sector Housing Strategy for HMO licensing (pdf 641KB).
Public Register of Licensed HMO Properties (pdf
Licences will be granted if the:
- house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
- the applicant is the most appropriate person to hold the
- proposed manager has control of the house
- management arrangements are satisfactory.
- Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation -
- Second or Subsequent Application -
- Change of Licence Holder - you must submit a new
- Change of manager - £101.30
- Licence variation - £123.70
- Licence renewal fee- with no significant changes -
- Licence renewal fee- with significant changes -
- 2nd Reminder letter for a HMO licence -
- Unlicensed HMO fine - £157.60
All HMOs must contain a sufficient number of bathrooms, toilets
and kitchens for the number of people living in them. Find out
about Medway Council's standards for Houses in Multiple