Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

South Cambridgeshire District Council's PDF iconhouses of multiple occupation register is now available.

Amenity and Space Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation

When assessing the suitability of houses for occupation as an HMO, account will be taken of a number of factors (e.g. size of rooms, cooking and washing facilities, communal space and fire safety etc.) Please refer to the HMO Amenity and Space Standards guidance notes for further details. The notes outline the minimum space and amenity standards HMOs should meet in South Cambridgeshire.

The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006

If you are a landlord who rents to 3 or more tenants who are unrelated and who share one of the basic amenities such as cooking facilities a bathroom or a w/c the HMO Management Regulations are likely to apply to you.

The following information will provide a full list of fire, health and safety criteria to ensure your property reaches the required standards.

Licensing of HMOs

Under the Housing Act 2004, it is a legal requirement for larger HMOs (comprising three storeys or more and occupied by five or more persons) to be licensed. The person controlling or managing the HMO must apply to the council’s Environmental Health and Licensing before letting. Failure to do could result in prosecution if there is no reasonable excuse.

The application fee for a 5-year licence for 2017/18 is £670.00 and for renewal of the licence is £355.00. Normally it is necessary for the HMO or proposed HMO to be inspected prior to applying for a licence. An application form or advice can be obtained by telephoning the Environmental Health and Licensing service on 0345 045 063.

Alternatively, you can download the applications forms:

Applying for a Variation to a Licence

If you are currently the holder of an HMO licence and would like to apply to vary a licence please complete the variation to a licence form and an officer will then consider the variation and make contact with you.

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