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Apply for a licence for a house in multiple occupation (HMO)

Apply for an HMO licence.
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To apply for a licence you will need to log in to your Lewisham Council account. If you don’t have an account already, please set up an account and then return to this screen to start your application.

Please note: You will not be able to access the application forms if you are not signed into your Lewisham Council Account.

Required Information

Please make sure you have the following information to hand before starting your application

  • details of the person or organisation making the application
  • details of the proposed licence holder (a person or organisation)
  • details of the property, including the number of rooms and facilities
  • the number of households and tenants you want the property to be licensed for
  • a tenancy information pack which should include, where applicable, up-to-date
    • electrical inspection certificate
    • fire risk assessment

    • gas safety certificate

    • emergency lighting system documentation

    • portable appliance test certificate(s)

    • fire detection warning documentation

    • EPC certificate

    • building control certificate of completion

    • party wall agreements
    • tenancy agreement(s)

Additionally, we will ask to see floor plans in advance of your inspection. A member of the licensing team will be in touch with you to discuss this.

On the day of the inspection of the proposed property please ensure you have the original documents submitted as part of the tenancy information pack available to show the inspector. 

Payment

We will take payment by credit or debit card on completion of the application form.

Before you apply

Make sure you've checked who you need to tell about your licence application.

National Mandatory HMO Applications

By law, an HMO must have a national mandatory licence if it: 

  • has five or more people in more than one household, and
  • shares amenities, such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities.

National Mandatory Licences, if granted, are valid for five years.

If you are applying for a new licence, renewing a licence or a variation* to a licence, please use

  • the Assisted Application Form if you are a charity, a portfolio landlord or applying for a very large HMO (with 15 or more lettable units**)
  • the Self Service Form if you are applying for HMOs with less than 15 lettable units**

Lewisham Additional HMO Applications

Additional licensing applies to certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that fall outside the scope of the National Mandatory Scheme and are not specifically excluded from Licensing. Lewisham's Additional HMO Licences, if granted, are valid for the duration of the scheme.


If you are applying for a new licence, renewing a licence or a variation* to a licence, please use

  • the Assisted Application form if you are a charity, a portfolio landlord or applying for a very large HMO (with 15 or more lettable units**)
  • the Self Service Form if you are applying for HMOs with less than 15 lettable units**

*  We cannot vary a licence to change the name of the licence holder. If you wish to change the name on the licence, you will need to apply for a new licence.

** A lettable unit is a room that could be occupied as living accommodation by a household or part of a household that does not form part of the common parts of the property.

Private Sector Housing Agency

Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU