Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing

Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing  

Why do I need a license?

All houses let in multiple occupation must be properly managed in accordance with the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 SI 2006/372 and comply with local authority conditions.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined as a property occupied by three or more persons (including children) who form more than one household. This includes buildings converted into self-contained flats (which do not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations).

A household may be a single person or several members of the same family. For example:

  • a house occupied by a brother, sister and one other unrelated occupant would form two households; or

  • three unrelated persons would form three households

The tenancy agreement is not relevant in determining if a house is a HMO. Nor is the size of the property (eg the number of storeys).

Do all HMOs have to be licensed?

All HMO’s occupied by five or more persons living as more than one households are now licensable regardless of how many floors they have. All properties must have a licence in place by 1st October 2018.

It is the individual HMO that is required to be licensed and not the building within which the HMO is situated. This means that where a building has two flats and is occupied by five persons living in two or more households, each flat will require a separate HMO licence.

The property must be 'reasonably suitable for occupation' for a number of people.

For an HMO to be suitable for occupation for a relevant number of people Daventry District Council will be using the set standards . The regulations prescribe standards covering:

  • number, type and quality of bathrooms, toilets, wash basins and showers;

  • number, type and quality of food storage, preparation and cooking facilities; and

  • fire precautions

Application process

Complete the application form by clicking on the link below:


The total fee for an HMO Licence is £1,000, for each property, payable in two parts. An application fee of £640.00 must be paid on application and once your application has been successful we will contact you to request a grant fee of £360.00 for the maintenance of your licence which will last for 5 years from the date it is granted.

Please note all fees are based on full cost recovery to ensure that no burden is placed on the council tax payer for administering and maintaining HMO licences. These fees do not cover any enforcement action in the unfortunate event of a breach.

Will tacit consent apply if I do not hear anything within 28 days?

No. We must process your application and notify you that a licence has been granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us via email or phone.


Licensed Activity and Licence Holder Complaints

Should you wish to complain about a HMO activity or HMO licence holder within the area of Daventry District Council, click on this link for contact details.

Service Complaints, Appeals, Failed Application Redress, Other Redress and Local Government Ombudsman

If you think we have done something wrong or are aggrieved by a decision made by Daventry District Council, please click on this link to see the options available to you.