When you need a licence
You will require a licence for an HMO when all of the following apply:
- there are shared amenities such as bathrooms, toilets or cooking facilities
- it is occupied by five or more people (including children).
You will not require a licence if:
- the HMO is managed or owned by a housing association, local authority, police, health service or fire authority
- the property only consists of self-contained flats, (although please note that an individual flat will require a licence if it is an HMO in its own right occupied by five or more people)