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.
We are currently updating the HMO application form and it will be available soon. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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.
We are currently updating the HMO fees list and it will be available soon. Apologies for any inconvenience.
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