Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Licence summary

If you rent out a property for house in multiple occupancy (HMO), you may require a licence from your local authority. Section 55 of the Housing Act 2004 imposes a duty on local authorities to:

  • Effectively implement a licensing regime for certain types of houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs);
  • Deal with applications in a reasonable time;
  • Charge a reasonable fee for the licensing of each HMO, to cover the costs of dealing with the application; and
  • Take enforcement action against any HMOs which continue to operate without having made an application for a licence.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made to the local housing authority. You must be a fit and proper person to hold the licence.

Application process

A licence will be granted if:

  • The house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation.
  • The applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence.
  • The proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager.
  • The management arrangements are satisfactory.

HMOs which must have a licence are houses which have three storeys or more and are occupied by five or more persons from more than one household.

A household is now defined as persons of the same family, and includes unmarried couples and stepchildren. There is an exemption for:

  • Local Authority and Registered Social Landlord properties;
  • Other houses owned or managed by a public authority;
  • Universities; and
  • Houses converted into self contained flats.

You can find out more about the new licensing requirements in the houses in multiple occupation (HMO) landlord's guide - pdf.

Apply online

Enforcement

Our enforcement regime is set out in our houses in multiple occupancy (HMO) enforcement policy - pdf.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Selby District Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please contact us. You can do this online if you applied through the GOV.UK website.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact Selby District Council in the first instance. You may appeal to a residential property tribunal. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Selby District Council in the first instance. You may appeal to a residential property tribunal regarding conditions attached to a licence or any decision to vary or revoke a licence. Any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Consumer Complaint

If a licence is granted and you wish to appeal against it being granted you may do so to a residential property tribunal within 28 days of the decision being made.