Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences

The Housing Act 2004 requires large Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) to be licensed.

HMOs are houses in which many unrelated people live.

An HMO counts as a large HMO, and therefore needs to be licensed, if it has:

  • Five or more tenants, forming two or more households, using shared facilities such as toilets, bathrooms, kitchens etc and
  • Three or more floors, including cellars, basements and loft conversions

Licences aim to ensure minimum standards of safety and maintenance for HMOs.

Find out more about HMO standards on the Shelter website.

Information and guidance documents

Apply for an HMO licence

Licence fees

For each application for a five-year licenceUp to five habitable roomsSix to 10 habitable roomsMore than 10 habitable rooms
Application fee£920.00£1075.00£1175.00
Fee for assistance with application (including form completion)£155.00 +
£7.50 per room
£165.00 +
£7.50 per room
£175.00 +
£7.50 per room

*Unit of Accommodation: Accommodation which is occupied by a single household as defined in Sec 258 of the Housing Act 2004.

For example, a bed-sit or bedroom in a shared house.

In the case of a flat in multiple occupation each bedroom will count as a separate unit.

Forms should be returned to:

Private Rented Property Licensing Team
Pondfield House, Dagenham, RM10 8PP

020 8724 8898