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Houses in Multiple Occupation
Certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's) are required to be licensed by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC).
What is a House in Multiple Occupation?
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is any residential property that is occupied by three or more people who form two or more households, and who share one or more facility/amenities, such as a WC, bathroom and a kitchen.
What is a Household?
A household is members of the same family including cohabiting couples.
When does a HMO require a licence?
A HMO requires a licence if all of the following apply:
What do you need to do if you are operating a HMO?
If you are a landlord or manager and need to apply for a HMO licence please contact the Environmental Health team on 01306 879301.
Each HMO will require an inspection by a member of the Environmental Health team to ensure it meets acceptable management standards, has adequately sized bedrooms, has sufficient amenities and has the required fire safety measures.
A fee of £687 will be payable to obtain a licence, a discount of £50 is applicable for those who are members of a recognised nation landlord's association.
The following will be required when applying for a licence:
Even if the HMO does not require a licence you must make MVDC aware as we may need to inspect the HMO to ensure it has adequate fire safety measures.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
if you have concerns regarding disrepair please see repairs to your rented home.
Public Register of HMO Licenses and Temporary Exemption Notices (TEN)
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