Forms and guidance documents for landlords and agents to apply for a property licence for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
If you rent out a property you may need an HMO licence. Without one you could be fined up to £20,000.
How to Apply
Landlords in Eastbourne need to apply to the council’s Private Housing Team. You can either:
When Do You Need a Licence?
Compulsory licensing of HMOs required by law affects properties that:
are three or more storeys high (including basement and attic rooms) and
have five or more people living in more than one household (family unit) and
either have two or more families or individuals sharing basic amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities
or are converted buildings which contain one or more units of accommodation that are not self-contained
Licensing also applies to host families that have four or more students in a property that is three or more storeys high (including basement and attic rooms) for 90 or more days in any year.
If your property has three or more students for less than 90 days in any year, it may still be categorised as a House in Multiple Occupation.
Guidance Booklet for Landlords and Managers
For further advice go to the booklet Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation in England: A Guide for Landlords and Managers using the link from this page.