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Houses in multiple occupation

Information and advice relating to properties that have rooms rented out

What is a 'house in multiple occupation'?

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a house occupied by people who do not live as a single household. This can include:

  • Bedsits
  • Shared houses
  • Hostels
  • Non-self contained flats
  • Houses converted into flats
  • Hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Bed and breakfast establishments used to accommodate homeless people or asylum seekers

Problems with an HMO

HMO properties must meet required standards, be kept in good repair and safe for all occupants.

If you live in an HMO and think it is unsafe you can report the problem to Private Sector Housing by calling 01303 858660

Converting a property into an HMO

To request a member of the Private Sector Housing team to contact you with further information regarding turning a property into a HMO please click on the button below and complete the online form.

Click here to fill out form

Checking if a property can be used as an HMO

The landlord must check with the council's Planning team if the property has planning consent to be used as an HMO.

If there is no consent for HMO, the landlord will have to make a planning application.

Mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Large HMOs eg three storeys or more and are occupied by five or more persons, must be licensed.

Converted blocks of flats that fall within the definition of HMO will not be subject to mandatory licensing unless there are any facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms which are shared or not fully self contained.

In order to be licensed the local authority must be satisfied that:

  • The house meets a prescribed amenity standard;
  • Is managed by a fit and proper person; and,
  • There are suitable management arrangements in place.

There is a pdf icon fee [335kb] for the licensing of properties in Shepway.

Any landlord who believes that his property may be subject to licensing should contact the Private Sector Housing team to obtain further advice or request an application form.

Failure to licence an HMO is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £20,000. If you are not sure whether your property needs a licence, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team.

Properties licensed as HMOs

To view the list of properties that are already licensed as HMOs, please click the button below and choose 'HMO licence (Mandatory)' from the licence type dropdown.

View HMO licences in Shepway