Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Renew your house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

You should apply to renew your HMO licence at least two months before your current licence expires.

To renew your HMO licence download and complete the PDF icon HMO licence application form Right click the link and select the 'save' option.

Next, fill in the application form on your computer.

You must read the PDF icon Licensing renewal information for applicants before completing your application. 

If you no longer need a licence you must tell us using the PDF icon non-licensable declaration form

You must tell us about any changes in circumstance since your last licence was granted, and you'll need to provide updated information about your own status as a licence holder.

You must include:

  • Electrical installation condition report (EICR) issued within the last five years
  • Landlord's Gas Safety record issued within the last 12 months, if the property has gas
  • Fire risk assessment, if one has been undertaken
  • Maintenance and inspection reports for fire precautions equipment

Licence renewal fee

The basic fee is £623 per licence. If the licence holder and manager are different people, an extra £82 is payable.

If you need assistance with your application, or you submit an incomplete application which causes us extra time to process, the total fee is £864 per licence.

Licence conditions

Your new licence conditions will be similar to your current licence. You will be able to comment on any new conditions before we grant the licence.

The Government has set new national minimum sleeping room sizes for licensed properties. We must include mandatory conditions on all new and renewed licences stating how many persons each sleeping room is suitable for.  The national minimum sleeping room sizes to be imposed as conditions of HMO licences are:

  • 6.51 m2 for one person over 10 years of age;
  • 10.22 m2 for two persons over 10 years of age;
  • 4.64 m2 for one child under the age of 10 years;
  • Any room of less than 4.64 m2 may not be used as sleeping accommodation.

If your current licence has conditions for improvements to be made to the property, we will check these have been met. You could be fined an unlimited amount per condition or receive a civil penalty of up to £30,000 if they haven't been met.

Apply for your licence renewal

When you have completed your application form and have all your supporting documents ready register or login to the HMO licensing portal to submit them. 

If you need help using the portal please read the PDF icon HMO licensing portal user guide and PDF icon Renewal Q & A

Get in touch about private sector housing

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call during office hours and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.

HMO licence public register

The Housing Act 2004 requires us to maintain a public register of all premises in the borough licensed as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

HMO licence public register
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