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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing

What a HMO is and how to apply for a licence.


A house of multiple occupation is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 'household' (eg a family) but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It's sometimes called a 'house share'.

Some houses in multiple occupation require a licence. A property needs a licence if it has:

  • 3 or more storeys
  • 5 or more people in more than one household
  • People share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities

If you are changing the use of a property to become a HMO, you may require Planning and Building Regulation approvals.

Changes to the HMO Licensing Scheme - October 2018

The Government has recently announced that it intends to extend the mandatory licensing scheme for HMOs. Under the new rules, all HMOs where 5 or more unrelated people who form two or more households and share facilities (such as a kitchen or bathroom) must be licensed. Previously, only HMOs that were 3 or more storeys needed a licence.

It is believed the new HMO legislation will come into force in October 2018. Over the next few months we will be working with landlords and property agents to ensure they have the information they need for the new licensing scheme. 

If you are a HMO landlord with a property in Fenland and want to be kept up-to-date with information, please send your name and email address, with a brief description of your HMO, to and you will be added to the relevant mailing list.

You can pdf icon apply for a HMO licence [61kb]. pdf icon Guidance notes [29kb]

You can also pdf icon apply to renew your HMO licence [51kb]. pdf icon Guidance notes for HMO renewals. [33kb]

Landlord and Agents

If you are a landlord or agent, you may wish to read our pdf icon management guide for Houses in Multiple Occupation [753kb]