Houses in Multiple Occupation

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is an entire house or flat which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. It may also be a house converted into bedsits or self-contained flats.

A HMO will need to be licensed if it has five or more occupants in two or more separate households.

  • licence will usually last for a maximum of five years and will specify the maximum number of people who may live in it. It also includes conditions relating to:
  • provision of a valid gas safety certificate (where necessary)
  • proof that all electrical appliances and furniture are in a safe condition
  • test certificates for all fire warning and emergency lighting systems
  • the maintenance of the property and facilities

Suitability standards

These are standards for deciding the suitability for occupation of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) by a particular maximum number of households or persons. You can view the suitability standards below.

Apply for a licence (GOV.UK) Apply to renew a licence (GOV.UK) Apply to change a licence (GOV.UK)
Fees and charges 
Initial/new licence £473.50
Renewal of licence£168.30

A public register of licensed HMOs can be viewed at Council Offices, St Peter's Hill, Grantham during normal working hours. See details on opening hours >>