Residential property licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
From 1 October 2018, all HMOs with five or more occupants must have a licence.
How we decide to grant an HMO licence
When assessing if we will grant a licence to an HMO we look at:
the suitability of the HMO for the number of tenants
the facilities in the HMO, such as toilets, bathrooms and cooking facilities
the safety standards
the suitability of the landlord or the managing agent to manage the HMO (called the ‘fit and proper test’)
the general suitability of managing arrangements.