Houses in Multiple Occupation - HMO Mandatory licensing

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 bed sits or self-contained flats.

Presently the owners of all HMOs with 5 or more occupiers living in 2 or more households who share some basic amenities( washing facilities, toilets, kitchens) regardless of the number of storeys must apply for an HMO Mandatory licence.

All licences granted are subject to conditions which the licence holder must comply with either immediately or within a specified period of time. Certain conditions as detailed in Schedule 4 of the Housing Act 2004 are mandatory and must be included in every licence granted. The Council can also impose any other specific property conditions considered necessary for regulating the management, use and occupation of the premises concerned plus its condition and contents.

The HMO licence will be valid for up to 5 years.  The council may choose to grant a licence for less than 5 years in certain circumstances.

The Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations set out the legal duties relating to the day to day running of HMO's.

SKDC's Prescribed standards state the expected health and safety standards for an HMO within South Kesteven.

pdf icon SKDC Prescribed standards for HMO [202kb]

The following minimum room sizes apply and will be included as mandatory conditions on Licences.  

On the first application for a licence or the first renewal the council may allow a grace period of up to 12 months for a landlord to deal with any room which is below the threshold and is occupied as sleeping accommodation, whether by moving the tenant out or by adjusting it to make it larger.

The council will take enforcement action against persons operating a licensable HMO without the required HMO licence.

Apply for a licence (GOV.UK) Apply to renew a licence (GOV.UK) Apply to change a licence (GOV.UK)
Fees and charges 2022/23 

Initial/new licence Part A

Initial/new licence Part B



Renewal of licence (before expiry, no changes) Part A

Renewal of licence (before expiry,no changes) Part B

Replacement licence certificate






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 >>