House in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

Apply for licence

You need a licence from us if you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO), which is:

  • three or more storeys, and
  • five or more people living as more than one household

Fees and eligibility

Fee charged for licence
No. of storeys Standard fee HMO licence Standard fee HMO Licence if accredited landlord Re-license fee
2 storeys (above commercial unit)
£1120 £1020 £560
3 £1370
£1270 £690
4 £1620
£1520 £810
5 £1870
£1770 £940

In addition to the discount for accredited landlords (London Rental Standard), there is a further £300 discount for landlords who:

  • approach us in the first instance with notification of their licensable HMO, and
  • submit a full and valid application with all supporting documents, plans, certificates and the correct fee.

You must be a fit and proper person under the Housing Act 2014 to hold a licence. When assessing your application we will consider whether you are the most appropriate person to hold a licence, that you are fit and proper, as defined by the Act and whether the property is suitable to be multi-occupied.

Apply for a licence

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Wandsworth Council must process your application before it can be granted. This is because the licence determines whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold the licence and whether the property is suitable to be multi-occupied.

However, after you have submitted your application for a licence you are able to operate a house in multiple occupation as if you have a licence, until the Council determines the licence.

Contact us if you have not heard from us within 10 weeks.

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions relating to your issued licence.

Private Sector Housing
Public Health
Wandsworth Council
Town Hall  
Wandsworth High Street
London SW18 2PU

Appealing a decision or condition

If you want to appeal against a condition attached to your licence or you have been refused a licence, you may appeal to the Residential Property Tribunal.

Residential Property Tribunal Service
10 Alfred Place
London WC1E 7LR

Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

If you think we have not complied with the European Services Directive by imposing requirements or conditions in respect of your application that are discriminatory, unfair, or disproportionate, email: solvit@bis.gsi.gov.uk


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