Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
Safe, well managed private rented accommodation for our residents
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
Due to scheduled maintenance, the online HMO Application Form is currently unavailable for renewal licences. We're working to get the system up again as quickly as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Check our current HMO Licensing fees.
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.
There are two types of licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Brighton & Hove.
The Housing Act 2004 requires landlords of larger HMOs to apply for licences. HMOs that need to be licensed are those which:
- have three or more storeys, and which are
- occupied by five or more people forming two or more households (ie people not related or living together as a couple), and
- have an element of shared facilities, (eg kitchen, bathroom, etc)
This applies, under locally adopted schemes, to smaller houses in multiple occupation consisting of two or more storeys, with three or more occupiers from two or more households sharing facilities.
As far as licensing is concerned, attics and basements are included as storeys if they are used as part of the living accommodation.
The additional licensing scheme relating to Hanover & Elm Grove, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, St Peter's & North Laine, Hollingdean & Stanmer and Queen's Park wards ended at midnight on 4 November 2017 and only licences relating to larger HMOs (3+ storeys and 5+ occupiers) expiring that day need to be renewed. Proposals for a new additional licensing scheme will be considered by the Housing & New Homes Committee but if a new scheme is designated it will not come into force until early in 2018. Any Planning requirements in these wards are not affected by this licensing scheme ending and they will continue to apply as at present.
What standards apply to licensed HMOs?
Licensed HMOs are generally expected to meet the council's HMO Licensing Standards. Any work necessary for compliance is required by way of conditions attached to the licence.
HMO Licensing and Planning
Please note that processing an HMO licence application and issuing a licence 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 to rent a property as an HMO. If you are unsure if planning consent is needed, please see our planning pre-application advice webpage on small houses in multiple occupation.
Register of HMO Licences
Updated 9 November 2017
Use the 'Find' box at top of each document or search function (<Ctrl> and <F> keys) to search the register for specific terms such as address or street names.
- HMO Additional Licensing Scheme register (PDF 1010kb)
- HMO National Licensing Scheme register (PDF 3.37mb)
If you consider any of the information in these registers is incorrect, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01273 293156 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the introduction of HMO Licensing, see our HMO Licensing in Sussex information sheet (PDF 243KB). Information is also available in the Communities and Local Government booklet Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England - A guide for landlords and managers (PDF 438KB)
If you think your property may need to be licensed or have any questions, please ring Private Sector Housing on 01273 293156 or e-mail us on email@example.com.