Advice for landlords
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.
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