Property

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.

  1. I am renting out a HMO

    Anyone who rents out their HMO and has five or more occupants will require a licence.

    You can:

    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.

    View our registry of licensed HMOs.

    If your issue isn’t covered by any of the above, you can contact us.

  2. I am living in a HMO

    To find out if your home is registered as a HMO, view our list of licensed properties here.

    If you believe your home is a HMO and it isn’t listed on the registry above, you can report it to us

    If your home is a licensed HMO, you can contact us to raise any concerns about the property you may have.

  3. I need to report a HMO

    Complete the form below if you believe a property is an unlicensed HMO or if you would like to raise a concern about a known HMO.

    To find out if a property is registered as an HMO, view our list of licensed HMOs here.

    Report any concerns to us online.

  4. 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 Direction cam into force on 19 November 2016.

    The final set of HMO plans for public consultation:

    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

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