Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

An HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) is a property that is occupied by three or more people creating two or more households, ie. a couple and a friend will form a HMO. Generally in an HMO there will be some sharing of amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms, but can also include: buildings which have been sub divided into bed sits or flats where there are shared entrances and stairwells, shared houses, temporary accommodation for the homeless and sometimes hostels and hotels.

Each habitable unit in an HMO will be subject to the same standards as an individual dwelling but there are additional standards relating to management, fire safety and facilities.

Links to Breckland Council's standards for fire precautions and amenities are given below:

Mandatory HMO licensing

As of 1st October 2018 it became a legal requirement that all HMOs occupied by 5 or more people forming 2 or more households will require a licence. An application for a licence should be made to Breckland District Council by the owner or manager of the property.

Once an application has been received along with initial application fee of (£399); the proposed licence holder will be contacted by a Private Sector Housing Officer to arrange a property inspection to confirm that the property meets the required standards for the number of proposed occupants.

The Council must issue a licence if, among other things, it is satisfied that the HMO is reasonably suitable for occupation by the number of people proposed to be accommodated and that the licence holder is a fit and property person. The licence will in most circumstances be valid for 5 years.

Landlords who fail to apply will be committing an offence which upon conviction could lead to an unlimited fine.

(Please note that any HMO accommodating more than 6 persons may require planning permission for such use.)

To make an application for a HMO licence please

The Council is required to hold a public register of licensed HMOs in the district. Please note that under GDPR individuals have to specifically opt in to receive marketing correspondence. The publishing of this register does not constitute consent of the licence holder(s) to be contacted for marketing purposes.

View our Icon for pdf HMO Register [143.88KB]

To report an unlicensed HMO to Breckland Council for investigation please complete this form.

Last updated: 25/02/2021 13:26:08