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​​​What is a HMO?

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property which is let to at least three tenants who form more than one household and who share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities.

Information for tenants

The council is responsible for enforcing HMO standards, so if you are a tenant living in a HMO and feel there are any unreasonable hazards which your private landlord is not dealing with, please report it.

Or you can contact Gloucester City Council on 01452 396396 or email

Your landlord must have a licence for all HMO properties which have three or more storeys and are occupied by five or more people forming two or more households.

We have produced a HMO licence guide for tenants so that you are aware of the standards and conditions landlords must meet with regards to HMO properties.

Download the HMO guide for tenants.

The council must maintain a public register of all the premises licensed as a house in multiple occupation. A basic copy of the register is available to download below.

HMO Licensed Property Register​​

If you have any enquiries about a property which has been licensed or which you feel should be licensed and is not, please contact us.

Information for landlords

HMO standards

If you rent rooms in a multiple occupancy home the property must meet the required standards for tenants, with regards to health, safety and welfare.

Find out more about these standards on the website.

Download the Housing Health and Safety Rating System booklet.

HMO licensing

In order to ensure multiple occupancy homes are of a decent standard, landlords may need a HMO licence.

Find out more about HMO licences.

HMO licence application form