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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

What is an HMO?

Under the Housing Act 2004 an HMO is:

HMO Licensing

HMO Licensing Consultation 2016-2021

The public consultation for the 2016-2021 Houses in Multiple Occupation Additional Licensing scheme has now closed.

Thank you to everyone that responded with comments , ideas and concerns. The majority of the consultation responses supported the continuation of additional licensing by introducing this new scheme from 1st November 2016 . The next stage in the process is for the Council’s Executive Board to consider a report which recommends approving this scheme at the Executive Board meeting on 12th July 2016 . If approved, work will then begin to ensure the scheme is introduced on 1st November 2016 and to widely publicise it in advance of this date.

Mandatory Licensing

The Housing Act 2004 provides for the mandatory licensing of certain HMOs.

Generally an HMO will need a mandatory licence if it is:

Additional licensing

The Wrexham County Borough Council Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Scheme 2011 started on the 1 November 2011.

The scheme will cover all HMOs except those subject to Mandatory Licensing or exempt under the relevant sections of the Housing Act 2004.

Landlords, persons letting/ managing and tenants are advised to seek advice from the Housing Standards team on whether their property is covered by the scheme.

Applying for a Licence

HMO Licensing Application Form

Exempt properties

Some types of buildings are exempt from licensing, these include:

The Welsh Assembly Government (external link) has produced guides for HMO licensing, including:

For further information or advice contact Housing Standards.