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Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

Coronavirus update

Occupants of HMOs should take extra care when using shared facilities to maintain social distancing under Government guidelines.

At the moment, we are only carrying out urgent visits where there is an imminent risk to harm due to a property defect.

Licence renewals and new HMO applications will be processed, but inspections will be arranged at a later date.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

HMOs provide affordable housing for many tenants.

The Housing Act 2004 provides a definition for several types of HMO ranging from a typical bedsit-type through to houses converted into two or more self-contained flats.

Within the Sevenoaks District there are a number of two-storey properties that house more than three people who do not live as a single household and share facilities, usually a bathroom or kitchen. Such properties are HMOs and therefore required to meet basic requirements including fire precautions. Visit the houses in multiple occupation pages on GOV.UK for more information.

Renting your property as an HMO

All HMOs are required to meet minimum standards and responsibilities.  

Properties will be assessed by the Council to check they meet the required standards as set out in the Council's Guidance to HMO amenity standards leaflet.

An HMO licence may also be required if a property meets very specific criteria, including being at least three storeys high, occupied by at least five tenants who share basic amenities.

If you believe a property requires a licence, please contact us for further information and advice.

Making a licence application

Before applying for an HMO licence please read the our Guidance to HMO amenity standards as they explain the requirements you must comply with.

The licence fee depends upon the number of persons in the property. To find out the cost as process of licensing a HMO, please contact us.

To apply, renew or change an existing HMO licence, please contact our team on 01732 227000. 

Further information

How to rent: checklist for renting in England on GOV.UK 

HMOs: a guide for landlords and managers on GOV.UK

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