Houses in multiple occupation

Renew an HMO licence

Existing licence holders can access a slim lined Renewal Application form and reduced fee. 

As an existing licence holder you will receive an email reminder via your ‘My Account’ with a link to renew your HMO licence three months before it expires. You can renew your licence from 90 days before it is due to expire and we urge you to apply as early as possible. This is so that we have sufficient time to issue the new licence before your existing licence lapses.  

If you do not apply for your HMO licence before it expires and you are operating a licensable HMO, you will be in breach of the Housing  Act 2004 and will also have to apply for a new licence at additional cost.

You can only renew an HMO licence on the same terms as the existing licence. You cannot renew your licence if you have made any significant changes to the HMO.

If you have made any significant changes such as changes to the layout, occupation levels, amenity provisions or room use within a HMO and/or any changes to a manager or person in control, then you cannot renew the licence and must apply for a new licence.

Supporting documents

You need the following documents to support an application for an HMO licence:

  • Annual gas safety certificate
  • Annual fire detection system service or commissioning certificate
  • Fire safety risk assessment (if you have one)
  • Valid periodic electrical installation condition report showing no C1 and C2 observations

Renewal fees

It is cheaper to make and pay for your renewal online. This is because online applications take less processing time. If you renew online, you will receive e-mail reminders to submit your documents and to renew your licence.

Reneval fees for HMO license
Number of occupants in HMO Mode of application First part payment (on application)* Final payment (on licence approval) Total 
Up to 10 occupants Online  £490.39 £592.00 £1082.39
Paper £649.43 £687.64 £1,337.07
More than 10 occupants Online £585.76 £687.63 £1,273.39
Paper £744.92 £783.15 £1,528.07


If you wish to make a paper application at a higher fee, you can request a renewal application form via email to

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