HMO licences

An Additional HMO Licensing Scheme for Rhyl will come into effect in April 2015.  Find out more.

A house in multiple occupancy (HMO) is a property rented to at least three people who are not from the same ‘household’ (e.g. family).

There are different types of HMO properties: those which share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen; self-contained flats, and those which include a mixture of shared and self-contained units.

A HMO that falls under the Mandatory Licensing Scheme must have a licence if: 

  • it has three or more storeys AND
  • there are five or more tenants living there AND 
  • they form more than one household 
  • with or without shared facilities (bathroom and kitchen)

Under our Additional Licensing Scheme, there are slightly different criteria for properties in Rhyl. A HMO property in Rhyl must have a licence if: 

  • there are three or more tenants living there AND 
  • they form more than one household, with or without shared facilities (bathroom and kitchen)  
  • they form more than one fully self-contained household, but do not meet the 1991 Building Regulations AND where less than two-thirds of the self-contained flats are owner occupied.

It is the responsibility of the landlord or manager of the property to apply for a HMO licence.

How to apply for a HMO licence

Before you complete the application, please read these guidance notes.

To apply for a HMO licence, please download and complete this application form and return it to the address on the form. 

A HMO licence is valid for up to 5 years. You will need to apply for a new licence at the end of this period.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a HMO licence depends on the number of habitable rooms in the property. You can also get a discount if you provide a floor plan with your application form.

Find out how much your HMO licence will cost.

HMO licensing register

We keep a public register of all the properties in Denbighshire which are listed as houses in multiple occupancy. You can download a copy of this register here