New definition of a house in multiple occupation
From 6 April 2006, the Housing Act 2004 requires that some rented properties need to be licensed. The government has therefore introduced Mandatory Licensing, a scheme to be applied across the whole of the country
It requires larger housing in multiple occupation (where many unrelated people live) to be licensed. Houses in Multiple Occupation which need to have a license consist of the following:
- 5 or more tenants, forming 2 or more households. They use shared facilities such as toilets, bathrooms, kitchens and so on; and
- The property has 3 or more floors. This will include cellars, basements and loft conversions
For further information on making an application for Houses in Multiple Occupation and to download our fees and application form please click here Licensing Application form.
For further information and guidance on Houses in Multiple Occupation in East London, please click here East London HMO Guidance.
The government allows councils to introduce other types of licensing, which could require other types of property to be licensed. There has to be a reason for this being done.
An example is that there may be antisocial behaviour problems, in an identified area of the borough.