Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
Renew, vary or revoke a HMO licence
Renew a HMO licence
A HMO Licence lasts for a fixed term of not more than 5 years, and a new licence must be applied for and a new fee paid before the old licence expires. The application is the same as a first licence.
Vary a HMO licence
You can apply to vary your house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence. For example increase the number of occupiers and/or households.
Please note that you cannot change the licence holder details on an existing licence. To change a licence holder, you must firstly revoke the current licence and then the new proposed licence holder must make a new application for a HMO licence.
Revoke a HMO licence
You can apply to revoke a HMO licence if the property no longer requires a mandatory licence. For example:
- The property is now occupied by a single family
- The number of occupiers is less than five
- The property is to be sold therefore you are no longer the relevant person to hold the licence.
If you are selling the property and it will remain a licensable HMO, the licence cannot be transferred. The new owner must therefore submit a HMO licence application for this property immediately on completion of the sale.
Temporary Exemption Notice
If you rent out a property which requires a licence but you intend to make the property one which will no longer require a licence, you must apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice.
A Temporary Exemption Notice is valid for a three-month period up to a maximum of six months.