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Houses in Multiple Occupation Licence

Certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) are required to be licensed by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).

An HMO includes:

  • bedsits
  • hostels
  • houses converted into flats
  • some shared houses

An HMO is any house or flat which is occupied by more than one household (i.e. not all members of the same family). If these facilities are for exclusive use but they are not self-contained with the living accommodation, the property will still count as an HMO.

In other words, only large HMO's that meet the following criteria will need to be licensed:

  • it accommodates five or more people
  • it holds two or more households, and occupants share or lack basic amenities such as bathrooms, toilets or cooking facilities
  • it is three or more storey's high

HMO licencing seeks to ensure that:

  • the house is or can be made suitable for multiple occupation
  • the applicant is a fit and proper person and the most appropriate person to hold the licence
  • the proposed manager has control of the house, and is a fit and proper person to be the manager
  • the management arrangements are satisfactory

If you are a landlord, manager or tenant looking for advice on licencing requirements or are aware of an unlicensed HMO operating in your area, please email

Applying for a licence

If you would like to apply for a licence online, please complete an electronic application through the GOV.UK. Alternatively, please email An Environmental Health Officer will advise you about licensing and the steps that have to be taken to apply for a licence.

Tacit consent does not apply to these licences as it is in the public interest for MVDC to process your application before it is granted.

Current Licences

Licence Address
Decision Date Reason
43 Woodland Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2BT 29/7/13 Conditions Met
253 Barrington Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 3EJ 26/11/13 Conditions Met
11 Poplar Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8SF 19/3/14 Conditions Met

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