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Residential property licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Find out how we decide to grant an HMO licence.

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.

You can read the standards for licensable houses in multiple occupation here.


Get in touch

Private Sector Housing Agency

Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Telephone: 020 8314 6420
Email: pshe@lewisham.gov.uk