Houses in Multiple Occupation

Properties that require an HMO licence

Landlords must hold either a mandatory or additional licence if they are operating an HMO in Camden.

Mandatory licensing

This is a national scheme introduced on 1 April 2006 under the Housing Act 2004.

The requirement applies to most properties occupied by five or more people forming two or more households.The only exemption is for HMOs (which are flats) located in purpose-built blocks containing three or more flats.

Please note: The definition of a mandatory licensable HMO changed on 1 October 2018. This means most properties occupied by five or more people forming two or more households require a licence regardless of the number of storeys.  If you have an HMO that meets the new criteria and you already hold an additional HMO licence you do not need to do anything until that licence expires. Upon renewal, you will need to re-apply for a mandatory licence .

Additional licensing

This is a local scheme to Camden which came into force on 8 December 2015.

This requirement applies to other HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing. It applies to any property occupied by three or more people forming two or more households, including flats in multiple occupation in purpose built blocks. It also applies to buildings converted into self-contained flats that do not meet the standards of the Building Regulations 1991 (or later) and 50 percent or more of the building is rented.

It is an offence to operate an licensable HMO without a licence.

What is a HMO?

Properties that require a HMO licence

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