If you are a landlord of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) you need to have a licence.

An HMO is a bedsit, shared house or flat where three or more people live together as two or more households, with shared kitchens or bathrooms.

Which licence do I need?

There are three types of licence – the one you need will depend on how many people you have living in your HMO, or if you have a property converted into flats.

  • Additional licence – for HMOs of three or four people or HMOs with more than three people within a purpose built, self-contained flat, located within a block of flats comprising of three or more self-contained flats*.
  • Mandatory licence – for HMOs of five or more people.
  • 257 licence – if your property has been converted into flats, does not comply with 1991 building regulations, and two thirds or more of the flats are rented out.

*Self-contained flats with five or more people within a block of two or less flats would fall under mandatory licensing.

Keep in touch

Not sure which licence to apply for?

Call us on 023 9284 1659

Or email hmo.licensing@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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