An HMO is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from one household, such as a family, but share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

Find out more about HMOs on GOV.UK

The Housing Act 2004 requires large HMOs to be licensed to ensure minimum standards of safety and maintenance.

View Shelter’s guidance about HMO standards

When you need a HMO licence

An HMO needs to be licensed if it has 5 or more tenants, forming 2 or more households and using shared facilities such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens.

View the landlord’s guide to HMOs

Public HMO Register

The Housing Act 2004 requires that local authorities hold a public register of all registered HMOs.

If you would like to view our HMO register email