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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

What is an HMO?

Under the Housing Act 2004 an HMO is:

HMO Licensing

Public Notice in Respect of The Introduction of an Additional Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation in the County Borough Of Wrexham

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 2016 started on the 1 November 2016.

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.

The Wrexham County Borough Council Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Scheme 2011, which started on the 1 November 2011, came to an end on 31 October 2016. Licenses issued under this scheme remain valid, unless revoked, until the expiry date on the licence. Prior to the expiry of a licence it will be necessary to apply for a licence under the 2016 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.