Apply for a landlord's HMO licence

Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
  • toilet, bathroom, or kitchen facilities are shared

Properties being shared by more than 4 people in more than two households must be licensed.

A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.

Mandatory licensing is now applicable to more Houses in Multiple Occupations. A licence is required if the property is occupied by five or more persons who are living as two or more separate households, and where amenities such as kitchens and bathrooms are shared. There is no longer a requirement for the building to be over 3 storeys.

Properties with more than two storeys and more than four occupants must be licensed. Letting a licensable HMO without a licence is an offense and can result in a fine of up to £30,000.

Licence fees table (Please note these fees are under review and will be increasing shortly)

Property Size Standard fee


Responsible Landlords Scheme members


5 bedrooms £675 £540
6-10 bedrooms £825 £660
Above 10 - per unit £825 plus extra £30 per bed space over ten units

£660 plus extra £24 per bed space over ten units

Download the HMO licence application form

Safety standards within an HMO

Fire doors will be required to protect the main means of escape, mainly the stairway, from the top floor through to the front external door.

The fire doors must comply with BS476 Parts 20-22 1987.

A fire detection system is required, to give early warning to occupants. This will comprise interlinked mains-powered and battery backup detectors distributed in all risk areas. The detection system must comply with BS5839 Part 6

Emergency lighting may be needed, this will be based on the layout of the property and the amount of natural and artificial light available. The level of fire precautions must be of an acceptable standard. All properties are assessed on an individual basis.

Download the HMO standards document

Download the accessible HMO standards documents 

Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Loans

Interest-free loans are available to landlords who want to adapt a property to an HMO, for 3 or 4 occupants.

To apply you must be a member of the Wakefield Responsible Landlord scheme and be the owner of the property.

Loans are:

  • available up to the amount of £5,000
  • repayment terms of up to 3 years
  • funded through Wakefield Council and administered through Leeds City Credit Union

A schedule of works will be agreed in advance with Wakefield Council.

To apply or for more information call the Housing Standards team on 01924 306665.

HMO Register

Download the latest HMO Register

Completed forms and queries should be sent to Housing Standards using the information below.

Contact Us

Strategic Housing Wakefield Council Wakefield One PO Box 700 Burton Street Wakefield WF1 2EB

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