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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. 

A licence is required if the property is occupied by 5 or more persons who are living as two of 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, these must be notified to the Council and an application for a variation of the licence made.

Similarly, if the property is converted back into a single family dwelling, this should be notified to the council so that that the licence can be revoked.

The Public Register of HMOs in Middlesbrough (attached) is updated monthly. 

For further information please contact the Public Protection Service by email to EHTS@middlesbrough.gov.uk, or telephone 01642 728272

View a Guide to HMO Licensing in Middlesbrough

View the HMO Licensing Register for June 2018

Register a HMO

Please provide completed application forms to:

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