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Multiple occupancy homes (HMO)

A house can be called  'house in multiple occupancy' (HMO) when:

  • it's rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • it's at least 3 storeys high
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

This may include properties such as bedsits and shared houses.

Application process

Licences will be granted if:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a 'fit and proper' person (this means no criminal record, or breach of landlord laws or code of practice)
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a 'fit and proper' person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

How to apply

Apply online for your Housing in multiple occupation licence

Send a cheque for the relevant licence fee (first application £385.00 subsequent application £310.00) your application cannot be processed without payment. Cheques should be made payable to 'Staffordshire Moorlands District Council' write 'HMO Licence fee' on the reverse of the cheque, along with the address of the premises for which you are seeking a licence.

HMO Licensing Guidance Notes for Applicants [201KB]

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to an HMO licence

What happens if my application is refused?

Please contact Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in the first instance.  You may appeal to a residential property tribunal but any appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision being made.

Renewal or change of licence holder

Please contact our Environmental Health Team regarding a renewal or change of licence holder