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

Find out about our current licensing schemes below

The HMO licence application below will be unavailable on the morning of Sunday 19 April. This is due to essential maintenance work. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Consultation on a proposed additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

We're carrying out consultation to find out what local people think of the proposal to implement a five year additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in seven additional wards in the city.The wards are Brunswick & Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Preston Park, Regency and Westbourne. Download a map of the areas (PDF KB).

Landlords would have to obtain licenses for their HMOs. This allows us to require them to improve the quality and management of homes, benefiting tenants and the local community.

Our consultation is being carried out from Monday 2 February 2015 to Monday 20 April 2015.

You can complete the consultation survey online

You can also download a copy of the questionnaire to complete and email or post to us
•    consultation questionnaire (MS Word 220KB)
•    consultation briefing (PDF 55KB)

If you have any questions, would like help with this survey or would like it in a different format or another language, please email:

Our current licensing schemes

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.

Go to our frequently asked questions

Register of HMO Licences

These are now available on line.The Find box at top of each document or Ctrl F search function will allow you to search the register by a specific term such as address; name of road or street etc.

Updated 22/4/15

If you consider any of the information in these registers is incorrect please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01273 293156 or e-mail us on



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