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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) – before you apply

Before you apply for an HMO, find out what you need to do.
Mandatory and additional HMO licensing update

The application form for mandatory and additional HMO licences will be temporarily unavailable from 7 April 2024. 

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We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Our team is working to minimise this disruption and to relaunch the application forms as quickly as possible. 

From 1 October 2018, all HMOs with five or more occupants must have a licence.

You must let certain people know in writing that you have made an application to license an HMO or give them a copy of it.

Who you should tell that you have applied for an HMO

  • Any owner of the property to which the application relates (if that is not you) i.e. the freeholder and any head lessors known to you.
  • Any mortgage provider for the property to be licensed.
  • Any other person who is a tenant or long leaseholder of the property or any part of it (including any flat) who is known to you, other than a statutory tenant or other tenant whose lease or tenancy is for less than three years (including a periodic tenancy).
  • The proposed licence holder (if that isn't you).
  • The proposed managing agent (if that is not you).
  • Any person who has agreed that he or she will be bound by any conditions in a licence if it is granted.

What you need to tell these people (or organisations)​

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address or fax number.
  • The name, address, telephone number and email address or fax number of the proposed licence holder (if it will not be you).
  • That the application is for an HMO licence under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004.
  • The address of the property to which the application relates.
  • Lewisham Council's address.
  • The date the application will be submitted.


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