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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

**COVID-19 - For Government advice to HMO Landlords and tenants living in shared accommodation, please see the Documents column opposite**

Please also see the links to the Government website at the bottom right of this page for the following  

  • COVID-19 - Additional steps that should be taken in shared accommodation to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19
  • Electrical Safety Standards - Guidance setting out how the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 affect landlords, tenants and local authorities

Currently if you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupation (HMO), which is three or more storeys and five or more people living as more than one household, you will require a licence from Winchester City Council. 

From 1 October 2018 the law will change as a result of The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2018. This will require all
multi-occupied dwellings with 5 or more occupants living as more than one household to be licenced. Landlords can make an application for a licence from 1 April 2018 although the licence will not come into force until 1 October 2018.

**Please note that since 1st April 2020 the council no longer offers a discount in respect of either HMO Accreditation or licensing**

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Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Winchester City Council will only use your personal data to process your application and for contacting you regarding the management of the HMO and the HMO licence conditions. For this purpose, we may disclose or share the information provided within the Council, with other local authorities, and with other relevant agencies.

Please be aware that your name and address will appear on the public register of HMO's.

For more information about how Winchester City Council uses your personal data please see our web site:

The online application for the HMO Licence and renewal application are hosted by external providers and you will leave the Winchester City Council web site in order to complete and submit them.


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