Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Planning and Housing Icon

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

What is an HMO?

An HMO, or House in Multiple Occupation, is a house:

  • comprising of 3 or more floors
  • occupied by 5 or more unrelated persons
  • where residents share an amenity such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

These include bed-sits, student housing, and houses/flats which are occupied by people from more than one family. Shelter's website has more information about HMOs.

Standards for amenities, room sizes and management apply to these houses.

Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation

The Housing Act 2004 introduced mandatory licensing of certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

    We keep a list of all HMOs which is publicly available to view. View the list of licensed HMOs in Middlesbrough.

    Buildings consisting solely of self-contained flats or purpose built flats are generally exempt from mandatory HMO licensing.

    New HMOs

    The operator of a newly created licensable HMO must apply for a licence before the house is occupied.

    Before applying to license a new HMO, operators must read the amenity standards to ensure their property meets legal regulations. The guidance notes may be helpful in filling out an application to license an HMO.

    Current licence fees are £605 for HMOs with five bedrooms. An additional £20 for each bedroom in excess of five is payable. Licences will normally last for up to five years although a shorter period may be given.

    The Housing Act 2004 also allows us to apply to central government for an additional power to license smaller HMOs, where this is considered necessary, to address particular problems that may exist.

    Register a HMO

    To register, complete the HMO licence application form and return it to:

    ​Middlesbrough Council
    Public Health and Public Protection 
    PO Box 505
    Civic Centre
    ​Middlesbrough
    TS1 9FZ