Houses in multiple occupation

A property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) if it's let as a main or only home:

  • to at least three tenants who form more than one family household
  • and the tenants share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet

With a much higher percentage of properties than the national average in the city, HMOs are a vital source of accommodation in Brighton & Hove.

Our HMO Licensing schemes aim to help ensure safe, well-managed private rented accommodation for our residents.

The consultation on proposals for two new licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city has now closed, We're working through the feedback and a report will go to the Housing & New Homes Committee in November 2017.

General information about HMOs

If you’re a tenant of a HMO that should be licensed, your landlord has extra legal responsibilities. The extra rules are there to reduce the risk of fire and to make sure that people living in shared houses or flats have adequate facilities.

If your home has problems with the building or maintenance, please use our reporting repair problems in private sector housing form.

You can also find more information on our renting a home in the private sector pages.

If you’re experiencing problems with a HMO in your neighbourhood, follow the links below for more information on what you can do:

Our map shows the properties currently recorded as houses in multiple occupation in the city.

HMOs and planning

Licensing a HMO does not grant any planning consent that might be required for the property to be used as a house in multiple occupation. Additional planning controls exist in Brighton & Hove meaning that full planning permission may be required. Please see our planning pre-application advice webpage on small houses in multiple occupation for more information.