Borough Insight

Landlords urged to register for licences as law changes

The council is urging landlords of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) to apply for a licence before new national legislation comes into force on Monday 1 October 2018.

Currently, compulsory licensing only covers HMO properties of three storeys or more. However, the new regulations will cover all HMO properties.HMO

The definition of an HMO is when toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared with tenants comprising five or more people forming at least two households. In this context a household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together.

Within Epsom & Ewell the most common use of HMO's are for student accommodation but there are others.

HMOs make a valuable contribution to local housing, as they offer a more economically accessible form of housing for many people on low or moderate incomes. There are strict standards regarding licensed HMOs that landlords must follow, which are enforced by our environmental health team.

Landlords of HMOs are urged to get in touch with the council as soon as possible, so licences can be granted well before the new law comes into effect.

If landlords are not sure whether the new law will apply to them our Environmental Health team can offer advise and/or there is more detail about the new legislation on the Governments website.

Failure to hold the correct licence by 1 October will be a criminal offence.

For more information and to apply please see our website -


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