Does your landlord need a license?
If you live in a rented property with:
- five or more people living in it, made up of one or more different households;
- shared kitchen, toilet or bathroom facilities,
then it is a large Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
Large HMOs must be licensed by the local council. The license lasts for up to 5 years.
If you live in an HMO your landlord has extra responsibilities, in addition to repairing obligations. These include responsibilities for:
- Fire and general safety
- Water supply and drainage
- Living accommodation
- Gas and electricity
- Communal areas
- Waste disposal
You can check your local council’s online register of licensed HMOs to see if the property has a license:
Further guidance on this can be found on the Citizens Advice website here.