Houses in multiple occupation
A property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if both the following are true:
- At least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 family
- The toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared by 2 or more of these families
A single person counts as a family.
For more detailed information about HMOs visit the Shelter page.
I am renting out a HMO
Anyone who rents out their HMO and has five or more occupants will require a licence.
A licence costs £590, plus £41 for every room exceeding 5, and will last for 5 years.
To help with applying for a licence, view:
If you have concerns about another HMO or suspect HMO, report the property to us for investigation.
If your issue isn’t covered by any of the above, you can contact us.
I am living in a HMO
I need to report a HMO
I want to use a dwelling as a HMO (Article 4)
We have confirmed an Article 4 direction which now requires a planning application to be submitted to use a dwelling as an HMO for ore than 3 unrelated people, thereby allowing the impacts to be properly considered.
The Direction only relates to certain areas of Yeovil, see the maps below.
HMOs are an important element of our housing stock and it is necessary to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet increasing demands. It is equally important to ensure that the location and quality of HMOs are properly assessed to ensure that there is no adverse impact upon residents or surrounding properties. This Direction does not rule out further HMOs being permitted but does mean they are subject to more scrutiny.
Councillors of the Area South Committee first considered the matter in February 2016. View the first report and minutes. In April 2016, members resolved to progress the Direction in principle. A presentation was given to Members and a draft map of affected areas with will be subject to the Article 4 was produced.
The Direction was initially made on the 19 May 2016 and we undertook consultation for 28 days which ended on 17 June 2016.
The final set of HMO plans for public consultation:
- All zones
- Zone 1 East Ward
- Zone 2 Central Ward
- Zone 3 Central Ward
- Zone 4 West Ward
- Zone 5 South Ward
Applicants for new HMOs in the affected zones are advised to take into account our guidance notes.
If you have any questions regarding this, contact us.