Houses in multiple occupancy
HMO licence conditions change on 1st October 2018
From 1st October 2018 landlords must have an HMO licence if:
- five or more tenants live in their property and
- these tenants are split into two or more unrelated ‘households’ or groups e.g. a couple and a family of three and
- these tenants share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen
A new licence condition also introduces minimum bedroom sizes for HMO properties. Find out more on our HMO licence guidance page.
Apply for or renew an HMO licence
Do I need an HMO licence?
If your answer to any of the questions below is 'no' you do not need a HMO licence. You will need a Landlord Licence instead. Please see 'Apply for a Landlord Licence'.
- Do you privately rent a property within Liverpool City Council's boundaries?
- Is the property occupied by five or more unrelated people? Please include children and babies.
- Do two or more separate households live in the property?
- Do the occupants of the property share a bathroom, kitchen or WC?
Following the Hemming and Gaskin court cases, we have changed the way our fees are charged. The first payment is a non-refundable administration fee. The second payment is for compliance and must be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted.
All fees are for new licences and renewals.
- Up to six units of accommodation: £980.
Payment 1 - £392 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £588 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
7-12 units of accommodation: £1,103
Payment 1 - £441.20 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £661.80 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
13-20 units of accommodation: £1,144
Payment 1 - £457.60 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £686.40 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
21+ units of accommodation: £1,186
Payment 1 - £474.40 non-refundable
Payment 2 - £711.60 to be paid within 14 days of the licence being granted
Before you start
It is the responsibility of the property owner, manager or managing agent to make sure that the property has a valid HMO licence at all times.
We may contact landlords when a licence is due to expire, however it is your responsibility to renew it.
Apply for or renew an HMO licence online
You can now apply for or renew an HMO licence online using our licensing and regulations portal LAR.
- register and create an account on LAR
- go to ‘Apply For A Licence’ in the left hand menu and select ‘HMO Licence - Initial’ for a new application, or ‘HMO Licence - Renewal’ for a renewal.
Once you have an account, you can also track the progress of your application and make payments too.
Apply by post
If you want an application form posted to you, you will need pay a £30 charge upfront. Additional copies sent out at the same time will cost £10 each.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the property address and your receipt number once you have paid, using the button below. A form will not be sent out without this payment.
Completed forms must be returned to us by email or email@example.com or posted to:Public Protection Division
How long will the licence last?
Licences can be granted for up to five years unless the property has been unlicensed for a period when it should have been licensed, or we have recent evidence that it has been poorly managed.
Help and advice
You can also meet with a licensing officer for information and advice about your HMO. The charge for this service is £81.30 per hour. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.