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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Definition of an HMO is any property which is occupied by at least 3 persons who are not members of the same household

To licence your HMO

To be a licensable HMO the property must be occupied by at least 5 persons who comprise of two or more households and share at least one basic amenity such as a bathroom or kitchen.

For more details please refer to sections 254 to 259 of the Housing Act 2004

Typical examples of HMOs

  • A house let as individual bedsits
  • A group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants such as students or working single persons
  • Hostels, some hotels and guest houses maybe considered as HMOs if they are accommodating homeless referrals
  • Lodgings and shared houses
  • Houses converted into self-contained flats


The HMO licence is usually issued for a period of up to 5 years and the fee is £131.30 per person.

Cheque payments to be made payable to Redditch Borough Council.

BACS Payment Lloyds Bank Account: 00369020  Sort Code 30-96-97 . 

Quoting Reference: 10-0-5300-45051-41144. 

(Please ensure you forward your payment reference number with your application as proof of payment).

Amenity standards

Here are the standards you are required to comply with as an HMO landlord:

HMO Amenity Standards