Houses in multiple occupation
Houses that are occupied by three or more people who do not live as a single household are known as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), for example:
- Shared houses and lodgings
- Employment or educational accommodation
- Shared accommodation for homeless people
- Residential Care Homes and similar establishments
HMO licences - the law has changed
By 1 October 2018 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) must be licensed if they are
- rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
- tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
You can be fined up to £20,000 for renting out an unlicensed HMO.
Licences will be given if:
- the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
- the applicant is the most appropriate person to hold the licence
- the proposed manager has control of the house and is the best person to be the manager
- the management arrangements are satisfactory.
|Type of fee||Amount|
|Issue of approved licence||£358|
The overall fee for a 3 year approved licence is £620. HMO Licences are split into 2 parts. To make an application there is a fee of £262.
If your application is successful, you will receive an invoice from the Council for the licence issue fee, this fee is £358. Your licence will not be granted until this invoice has been paid.
We will not refund any fees.
Apply for a HMO licence
Please note: applying online works best when using Internet Explorer. If you are a user of Chrome you will require the 'Acrobat Reader Chrome Extension'. To download this extension please visit the Adobe website.
Posted applications should be sent to Operational Services, Environmental & Regulatory Services, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX, with a cheque payable to 'Cotswold District Council', alternatively payment can be made by phoning 01285 623000.
Approval of the HMO licence
We will aim to decide your application within 8 weeks of receipt of a complete application.
Tacit consent does not apply, therefore, you cannot assume that the licence has been automatically granted if the 8 week period has passed. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If we are unable to come to a decision within 8 weeks, we will contact you with further advice.
The licence for your HMO is valid for a maximum of three years and you will need to apply for another licence before the current one expires.