From 1 September 2023 all houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) in Portsmouth will need a licence. Landlords will be able to apply for an additional licence later this year.

Currently, HMOs of five people or more need a licence, and from September smaller HMOs with three and four occupants will need one too. It’s up to the owner or manager of the property to apply for a licence.

Everyone that rents in the city deserves a well-maintained and safe place to live. This licensing will protect private tenants and require landlords of HMOs to follow a number of conditions.

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We are here to help you throughout every step of this process. We will continue to provide more information online, as well as offer phone support and drop-in sessions so you can speak to someone face-to-face if you need help with your application.

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