House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences

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It is required by law that there is a licence for properties that:

  • are 3 or more storeys high, and
  • have 5 or more people in more than 1 household, and
  • share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities

These properties are known as 'Houses in Multiple Occupation' or 'HMO'.

Download the guide to licensing for landlords and managers.

Download the HMO amenity standards

Apply for an House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence

You can view fee information, guidance notes and application forms.

Please note that an application is not valid without the correct fee.

Where an unlicensed HMO is found, a penalty fee may be imposed.

Renew an existing HMO licence

Existing licence holders will be sent renewal applications by post prior to the expiry of their licence. You can also download fee information, guidance notes and application forms.

Please note that an application is not valid without the correct fee/documentation. Only the current licence holder can renew the licence as they are non-transferable.

In order to benefit from the reduced licence fee, the full renewal application form must be received prior to the current licence expiring.

Operating without a licence

It is a criminal offence to operate an HMO without a licence when required. The City of York Council will consider the following in relation to unlicensed HMO's that are identified:

  • prosecution (up to a £20,000 fine upon conviction)
  • formal caution
  • penalty charge
  • other actions in accordance with our enforcement policy

Further information

For further information or advice regarding HMO licensing, please contact the Housing Standards and Adaptations Team, or complete our online enquiry form.

You can also view the HMO Licensing Policy.

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