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If you have an existing HMO licence that needs work to be completed to the property at this time, please call 01483 505050 and ask for the Housing Standards Team or email regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk.

If you have a pending HMO application, we will look at how we can deal with this remotely.

The new Electrical Safety Regulations 2020 - Please send your electrical safety certificates confirming works have been made safe (as required) to CustomerServices@guildford.gov.uk.

For more tenant and landlord information, visit: COVID-19 and renting guidance; Home moving during the coronavirusBusiness closures and exemptions - updated legislation; Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licence

If you let your property to several tenants who are not members of the same family, it may be a HMO.

Do I need an HMO Licence?

Landlords need an HMO licence if the property has all the following:

  • five or more unrelated people living at the property
  • those people form two or more households 
  • shared toilet, bathroom or kitchen spaces


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

The tenancy agreement is not relevant in determining if the house is an HMO.

Apply online

What are the standards and rules that need to be met?

Apply by post

Fill out our icon HMO Licence application form [127.68KB]  and send to the Private Sector Housing team. If possible, please include:

  • A current gas safety certificate (if there is gas)
  • The maintenance record for any automatic fire detection system
  • Commissioning and/or Periodic Inspection certificate for the electrical installation
  • A floor plan. This needs to show the size of the rooms (like the type used by estate agents). It does not apply to renewal applications.
  • A licence fee of £758. Pay online, or call Customer Services on 01483 505050.

Licence fee discounts are available:

We will inspect the property. After inspection, you'll get a draft licence, with any work needed, before we issue the licence. We'll issue your licence within 90 days. We'll write to you if we can't meet this target.

You can renew your licence using our icon House in Multiple Occupation Renewal Form. [72.5KB]

Will tacit consent apply?

No. Tacit consent is where the applicant can act as though the licence is granted if they haven't heard from us. This does not apply to HMO licensing. You can still operate while we look at your application.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. Call 01483 505050 or email regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk.

HMO licence rules

Guildford only operate a mandatory HMO licensing scheme. There is no additional or selective HMO licensing scheme in Guildford.

HMO licensing rules changed on 1 October 2018. It's a criminal offence not to have an HMO licence. You may be fined up to £30,000 if you do not have a licence for your HMO.

Find out more about rules for landlords of HMOs.

You will need a licence regardless of the number of storeys (floors) in the property.

HMO licence register

We have a legal duty to hold a public register of all the HMOs we have licensed. View the  icon HMO licence register [104.22KB] .