Advice for landlords

Landlord licences

Private landlords are responsible for ensuring they have appropriate licences for their properties if applicable. 

Currently only landlords who rent houses in multiple occupation (HMO) need a licence. 

HMO licences

An HMO licence is requires if all of the following apply: 

  • It has 3 or more storeys
  • It has 5 or more people that form more than 1 household
  • Some or all of the occupants share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets or cooking facilities
  • At least one of the occupants pays rent (or the accommodation is linked to their employment)
  • It is the occupiers' main residence
  • It is not an exempt property such as a student hall of residence or owned or managed by the Council, a social landlord or the NHS.

Find out more about HMO standards and view our register of currently licensed houses in multiple occupation.

Apply for a licence