Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
The most recent figures as at 31st March 2018 show 15,671 licences in force, 2% higher than the previous year.
The number of licences in force has generally increased since the introduction of the mandatory licensing scheme in 2001. Of the licences in force, 87% are accounted for by just five local authorities – Aberdeen City, Dundee City, City of Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow City. City of Edinburgh alone holds an estimated 38% of Scotland’s HMO licences.
Chart 21 below shows the number of licences in force at 31st March 2018, by the type of property. Flats or houses to let as a whole are by far the largest HMO type (61%), with specific student accommodation within halls of residence accounting for a further 8%.
Chart 21: HMO licenses in force, by type, March 2018
There were 9,025 applications received in 2017-18, 7% less than the year before. New applications made up 17% of these, and the remainder were applications for licence renewals.
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