How we work with landlords

Houses in multiple occupation

View our register of houses in multiple occupation, explore safety rules and guidance and pay fees

A house in multiple occupation is a property rented out to at least three people.

They are not from the same household and share areas like the bathroom and kitchen. It is sometimes called a ‘house share’.

Higher standards of safety and management apply than to typical family homes. You may have to apply to us for a licence if you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation to five or more people.

View register of houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

For more information on how to apply for a licence, contact our private sector housing team on 01252 774420 or email

List of fees for licences for houses in multiple occupation

Item 2023/2024
Gross charge
Gross charge
from 1 April 
Licence for 5 persons £802 £834
Licence 6-10 persons £1,007 £1,047
Licence 11-15 persons £1,206 £1,254
Licence 6-20 persons £1,405 £1,461
Licence 21+ persons £1,603 £1,667
HMO licence variations  £0 £0
Licence renewal for 5 persons £616 £641
Licence renewal 6-10 persons £774 £805
Licence renewal 11-15 persons £927 £964
Licence renewal 16-20 persons £1,079 £1,122
Licence renewal 21+ persons £1,232 £1,281

Pay fees for houses in multiple occupation

You get a 10% reduction if you are a member of the National Landlords Association and any other association affiliated to the National Federation of Residential Landlords.

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