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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

If you own or manage a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) you may need a licence to rent it out. A separate licence is required for each property.

Mandatory licensing applies to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (as of 1 October 2018). A licence is required if the property is occupied by five or more persons who are living as two or more separate households, and where amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Buildings consisting solely of self-contained flats or purpose built flats are generally exempt from HMO licensing.

Properties required to be licensed need to meet certain standards, which include amenities and minimum room sizes. Details of these are provided in our Guide to HMO licensing in Middlesbrough, together with a licence application form.

The licence fee is £605 for HMOs with five bedrooms, plus a further £20 for each additional bedroom. Licenses will normally last for five years.

Licenses are granted based on the property as it was when the application was made. If there are any changes to the property, for example an increase in the number of bedrooms, or there are any other changes in circumstances in the use of the property as an HMO after the licence has been granted, you must let us know, and make an application for a variation of the licence.

Similarly, if the property is converted back into a single family dwelling, you should tell us so the licence can be revoked.

The public register of HMOs in Middlesbrough is updated monthly. View the latest HMO licensing register.

For further information, please contact the Public Protection Service via email to, or call 01642 728272.

Register a HMO

Download and complete an HMO licence application form.

Please send completed application forms to:

​Middlesbrough Council
Public Protection
PO Box 505
Civic Centre