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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 Housing Act 2004 radically overhauled the way local authorities regulate standards in private rented housing. The Act introduced mandatory licensing for certain three-storey Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and provided local authorities with the power to introduce additional licensing schemes for other HMOs. The 2011-2016 Additional Licensing Scheme is due to expire on 31 October 2016.

As such, a Public Consultation document has been published which explains the Council’s proposals for a new licensing scheme, how the scheme would work in practice and the benefits of operating such a scheme and is accompanied by a questionnaire to gather views and comments from affected stakeholders. As a stakeholder with a relevant interest, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to comment on the proposed scheme and complete the associated questionnaire by before the 27 May 2016.

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.