Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

There are two schemes for Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Brighton & Hove.

City-wide National Licensing

The Housing Act 2004 requires landlords of HMOs to apply for licences. HMOs that need to be licensed:

  • have three or more storeys, 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)

Additional Licensing for smaller HMOs in five wards

This applies 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.

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Register of HMO Licences

The council maintains a register of HMO licences, which can be made available at Hove Town Hall during office hours. Please contact Private Sector Housing for details.

A list of fully licensed HMOs is available to download [PDF 178kb]. For further information about the introduction of HMO Licensing, see our HMO Licensing in Sussex information sheet [PDF 243kb].

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