Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
In this section
A license is required for all properties occupied by five or more tenants forming two or more households.
Failure to apply for a license or breaching the conditions attached to a license is an offence that carries the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.
What standards must HMOs meet?
All HMOs in the Three Rivers District, whether licensed or unlicensed, must meet certain standards. All HMOs must comply with
- the appropriate fire safety precautions, such as the Hertfordshire Guide to Fire Safety in Houses in Multiple Occupation 2018 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006
- appropriate amenity guidance (currently under review)
Apply for a license
To apply for or renew an HMO license or request a safety inspection, contact the Customer Services Centre or use our online contact us form.
We maintain a public register of all HMOs licenced in the Three Rivers District. To request a copy of the register use our online contact us form.
If you suspect an unlicensed HMO
If you are aware of a house that is being offered for rent as an HMO but is not on the public register, please let us know by using our online contact us form.