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Mandatory house in multiple occupation licence application

Date updated: 18/05/2022

Apply for a mandatory HMO licence

If you are a landlord of a house in multiple occupation, ie a house or flat shared by five or more people, consisting of two or more households, then you need to apply for a mandatory HMO licence.

To apply email the Pollution team, or call 020 7606 3030.

Alternatively, complete and return the HMO license application form.

Licenses require a fee which will be confirmed on application. Properties are required to meet the City of London minimum standards, please see the guidance on HMO standards.

It is a criminal offence to operate a house in multiple occupation without a licence and a fine of £20,000 may be imposed together with other measures allowed within the legislation.

This legislation came into force on the 6 April 2006: Mandatory Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation Part 2, Housing Act 2004 – Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006 .

The total fee for a HMO licence (new or renewal) will be split in two parts.

Please pay initial fee on application of £600

Fee on grant of licence will depend on the licence applied for.

Up to 5 lettings - £450

6-9 lettings – £600

10-14 lettings - £750

15-19 lettings - £900

20+ lettings - £1,050

Guidance notes are available from GOV.UK.

HMO Guidance PDF (216KB)
Date submitted: 26/06/20
HMO Licence PDF (800 KB
Date submitted: 9/11/21