Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least three people who are not from a single ‘household’ (for example a family) but share facilities like a bathroom and kitchen. It is sometimes called a ‘house share’.
Your home is a HMO if both of the following apply:
- At least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household
- Toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared with other tenants.
HMOs must be managed in accordance with The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
Important changes to the licensing of HMOs
The Government is extending the licensing requirements for HMOs, making licensing mandatory for all properties with five occupants or more from two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys.
From 1 October 2018, landlords will require a licence for their HMO if:
- It is occupied by five or more people who make up more than one household
- The tenants share basic amenities such as bathroom and/or a kitchen.
If you are a landlord of a HMO meeting the criteria above you must ensure you apply for a licence by 1 October 2018 in order to avoid enforcement action. If you do not comply you may face a financial penalty of up to £30,000, or prosecution. You may also be required to repay an amount of rent back to your tenants.
Apply for a HMO licence
If you require a licence, please download and complete the following form:
Please download these application guidance notes to help you. The Council also offers an assisted application service, for a charge. Please contact us on 01327 871100 to find out more.
Once a "duly made" (valid) application has been received with the required documentation and the fee, a Council Officer will arrange to inspect the property and determine if a licence can be issued.
To make a "duly made" (valid) application you must:
1. Fully complete the application form.
2. Sign and return the declaration.
3. Pay the licence fee (by cheque made payable to Daventry District Council or by card payment by telephoning 01327 871100.)
4. Submit the application form and all required documentation either:
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Licences will normally be granted providing:
- The property is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
- The applicant is a fit and proper person
- The proposed manager or agent of the property is a fit and proper person
- The management arrangements are satisfactory
We aim to make a decision about the licence within 3 month of the receipt of a "duly made" application form.
Licences are usually issued for a period of five years and a separate licence application is required for each property.
Please note: We are already receiving and processing applications for newly licensable HMOs and it is likely that we will receive a large number of applications in the weeks leading up to 1st October, this may impact upon our response time.
For renewals, applications should be received within two months of the current licence expiring.
The Council will require up-to-date information on any changes that may have occurred and will need current safety certificates. The renewal discount will only apply should the application be received within two months prior to expiry (see fees and charges below).
Variation of a HMO Licence
If there has been a material change in circumstance at a property which currently holds a HMO licence, a variation in licence maybe required. It will be necessary to apply for a variation where the licence holder proposes to increase the permitted occupancy.
Licences are not transferable and if the owners of the property have changed then a new licence application is required.
Use this form to tell us about:
a change of address, or a new manager appointed
a property being altered or extended and permitted number of occupants increased; or
a variation due to policy or legislation changes
Please complete the Variation of a HMO Licence form and return it to email@example.com.
Fees and charges
Standard HMO licence fee for up to 5 units of living accommodation £737.55.
Additional HMO licence fee per unit for 6 or more units of living accommodation £37.20.
For current HMO licence fees, charges and additional fees relating to housing please see our latest list of fees and charges
Daventry District Council works in partnership with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Find out more information on fire safety by downloading the LACORS Guidance
Register of licensed HMOs
The Council is required to compile and maintain a list of licensed HMOs. Download a copy of the register
Report a HMO
The licensing of HMOs helps to protect the health and safety of tenants, ensures that only suitable landlords have control of HMOs, and helps make sure that properties are managed properly.
If you suspect a licensable HMO is operating in Daventry District without a licence then please let us know by downloading this reporting form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help and advice
If you are unsure if your property requires a licence, or you need some further information about HMOs, then please contact us
Further guidance for landlords
Further guidance for tenants