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 five years, and a new licence must be applied for and a new fee paid before the old licence expires. The application form is the same as for a first licence.

Apply for a HMO licence

Vary a HMO licence

You can apply to vary your house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence, for example to increase the number of occupiers and/or households.

To apply to vary a licence, please email

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.

To apply to revoke a licence, please email

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.

You can apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice if you are taking active steps to ensure the property does not require a mandatory licence. For example, reducing the number of tenants to less than five people or removing all tenants and allowing a single family to occupy the property.

If your property requires a mandatory licence, you cannot legally serve a section 21 notice for possession without a Temporary Exemption Notice.


A Temporary Exemption Notice lasts for three months and after expiry, you can apply for one further Temporary Exemption Notice lasting for a further three months.

After this time, if the property still requires a licence, you must submit an HMO licence application without delay.

What we need from you

We will need the following details from you:

  • Details of owner
  • Reason for application
  • Details of application

Apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice

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