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
Following consultation in the summer, the introduction of two new licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city was agreed at the Housing & New Homes Committee on 15 November 2017. Please find below the designation notice for the new city-wide Additional HMO licensing scheme beginning on 1 March 2018 and the revocation for the existing Additional HMO licensing scheme in seven wards of the city below. Until the new scheme comes in, the existing scheme remains in force:
- Designation of new citywide Additional Licensing Scheme (PDF 116KB)
- Revocation notice for the existing Additional Licensing Scheme (PDF 114KB)
Check our current HMO Licensing fees. A new fee structure for HMO Licensing Applications in Brighton & Hove is effective from 1 January 2018.
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 ended at midnight on 4 November 2017, this was relating to:
- Hanover & Elm Grove
- Moulsecoomb & Bevendean
- St Peter's & North Laine
- Hollingdean & Stanmer
- Queen's Park wards,
The new citywide additional licensing scheme begins in March 2018. Until then only licences relating to larger HMOs (over three storeys and over five occupiers) expiring that day need to be renewed. Any planning requirements in these wards are not affected by this licensing scheme ending and they continue to apply as before.
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 17 January 2018
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.