Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
What is an HMO?
Under the Housing Act 2004 an HMO is:
- an entire house or flat occupied by three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet
- a house that has been converted into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and occupied by three or more tenants, forming two or more households and sharing a kitchen, bathroom or toilet
- a converted house which contains one or more flats which are not wholly self-contained and which is occupied by three or more tenants occupying two or more households
- a building converted entirely into self-contained flats where less than two thirds are in owner occupation and where the conversion did not comply with the 1991 Building Regulations
- In all the above cases the property must be occupied as the tenants’ only or main residence
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.
The Housing Act 2004 provides for the mandatory licensing of certain HMOs.
Generally an HMO will need a mandatory licence if it is:
- Shared by five or more people and
- Has three or more storeys (including basements, attics and commercial units
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.
- Public Notice in respect of the introduction of an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation in the County Borough of Wrexham
Applying for a Licence
- Licence Application Fees
- EU Services Directive - House in multiple occupation (HMO) licence
- Apply for a house in multiple occupation licence (external link to www.gov.uk)
Some types of buildings are exempt from licensing, these include:
- properties managed or owned by a public body (such as the police or the NHS), a local authority or a Registered Social Landlord
- resident landlord and up to 2 other persons
- buildings entirely occupied by freeholders or long leaseholders.
The Welsh Assembly Government (external link) has produced guides for HMO licensing, including:
For further information or advice contact Housing Standards.