Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) can offer good quality affordable accommodation to people who cannot afford to buy their own homes and are not eligible for council housing.

HMOs that require a licence

All houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) now need to be licensed. This includes:

  • properties which fall under the 'Mandatory' HMO definition (five people or more not living together as a single household are sharing facilities)¬†
  • properties which fall under the 'Additional' HMO definition (three people or more not living together as a single household are sharing facilities)¬†
  • Housing Act 2004 Section 257 HMO properties¬†

For more information on Exemptions, Single Households, Additional HMO licensing and Section 257 HMO properties, please see:

Additional HMO Licensing

Enquiries should be directed to: HMOLicensing@lambeth.gov.uk