All properties that are occupied by five or more people, will require a mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence.
If you let a property which is one of the following types, you must obtain a House in Multiple Occupation license:
In order to be a HMO the property must be used as the tenants' only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants.
Properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties which are used as domestic refuges.
Please note - one individual person can form a household.
Anyone who owns or manages a HMO that needs to be licensed has to apply to us for a license.
If your property has a mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) license and something changes you need to let us know.
The change may be in relation to the number of occupants, the number of rooms, that your HMO Licence is no longer required for the property, you have / are selling the property, the property is vacant, or you have changed the management of the property.
You can tell us all about these changes using our online form.
Under the Housing Act 2004 s232, we are required to publish details of mandatory Licensed HMOs in the Preston area.
The list is automatically updated as new licenses are issued.
The Government intends that by making the owners' contact details available, any issues arising at the property (for example anti-social behaviour) can be quickly addressed to the HMO license holder as the person in control.