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Housing statistics: Houses in multiple occupation

Published: 19 Sep 2019

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a mandatory licensing scheme which applies to houses or flats occupied by three or more unrelated people, who share bathroom or kitchen facilities.

Published:
19 Sep 2019
Housing statistics: Houses in multiple occupation

Statistics on HMO applicants are licenses are collected from local authorities each year through the Housing Statistics Annual Return.

Included in this return are: applications received, applications refused, applications granted, licences revoked or suspended and licences in force.

The HMO return was introduced in order to monitor the mandatory licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation that came into force on 1 October 2001. Included in this return are: applications received, applications refused, applications granted, licences revoked or suspended and licences in force.

The number of licences in force has generally increased year on year since the introduction of the mandatory licensing scheme in 2001. It has increased slightly again in 2017-18 with 15,671 licenses in force on 31 March, 2% more than the previous year.

Statistics include:

  • New and renewal applications received, new and renewal applications granted and licences in force - annual time series tables from 2001 to 2017 by local authority area
  • National summary of applications under the mandatory licensing scheme and licenses in force
  • All applications received and type of HMO by local authority area
  • All applications under the mandatory licensing scheme and licenses in force by local authority area