Apply for, or renew a HMO licence

Do it online (external site)

If you are a returning applicant, please resume your current application here.
Please note that any applications started but not completed will be saved on the system for 30 days before being deleted. You will receive an automatic email to warn you this will happen closer to the expiry of this time. If you make an amendment to your application, the 30 day period resets.

What you need to know...

Make an application

Licence holders and managers (if identified) can be the landlord, manager or another person/body who has control of the property. They must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • pass the 'fit and proper person' test
  • not live abroad
  • not be in prison

If any of the above apply then another person/body will need to be appointed as the licence holder and manager (if identified).

Before you apply

You should also get the relevant information and documents ready.

The form will ask you for some details. It may help save time if you prepare these in advance:

  • credit card or debit card details for payment
  • registration number if you're a company or charity
  • professional landlord organisation membership or registration number if you're a member
  • the licence holders address will appear on a public register of HMOs we are legally required to provide - you may therefore wish to consider an alternative address e.g. a business or PO Box address (you cannot use the HMO address unless the licence holder is a resident)
  • manager contact details if you appoint someone to manage the HMO - the address you give for the manager will appear on a public register of HMOs we are legally required to provide, you may therefore wish to consider an alternative address (you cannot use the HMO address unless the manager is a resident)
  • contact details of any mortgage company, joint freeholder and other interested parties in the property as we need to inform them of your application.

Documents you need to provide

The application form will prompt you for the documents you'll need to submit, but it may help save time if you prepare electronic versions (such as a scan or photograph) of these in advance:

  • floor plans for the property - these either need to be to scale (and the scale shown e.g. 1:50) or the dimensions of the rooms annotated on the plans; they will need to show the use of each room, the layout, facilities and where the fire precautions (if any) are, e.g. location of fire detectors, emergency lighting, fire blankets, fire doors etc.
  • latest gas safety certificate if the property has gas
  • latest Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR - previously known as Periodic Electrical Inspection Report)
  • Annual Buildings Insurance Certificate

The above four (three if the HMO doesn’t have gas) documents have to be provided with the application. Failure to do so will mean that your application can’t be processed and will be rejected. The fee you paid will be retained if this happens.

  • Automatic Fire Detection System Certificate
  • Emergency Lighting Certificate
  • Portable Electrical Appliance Test Certificate (if applicable)
  • A copy of any relevant planning consent, Building Regulations approval or completion certificate (if applicable)
  • Annual Buildings Insurance Certificate
  • A copy of tenancy agreement or written terms of tenancy
  • Charity registration certificate (if applicable)

Keep your certificates up to date.

Most certificates have an expiry date and may need to be renewed, for example your annual landlords gas safety certificate and your annual fire alarm certificate. Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep your certification up to date and Lambeth Council may require you to produce these documents as required by the conditions attached to your licence.

Next Steps

Once we are in receipt of a full and complete application from you we aim to process your application in 12 weeks. Please note a full and complete application consists of an application form, initial payment and all required documentation. If an incomplete application is submitted we will let you know what is missing and give you one opportunity to provide what is required before we reject the application, however please note the payment made is not refundable.

Please contact us using if you have not heard from us and have not received your decision in 12 weeks after submitting your application.

The Council will issue a proposed licence with the licence terms or the reasons we can't grant one. We'll consult with all bound and interested parties in the property, including the Fire and Rescue Authority. After the consultation, we'll then issue or refuse to issue the licence. You'll receive full details of this process in your confirmation email.

The licence conditions will cover the main regulations and standards you must meet. In some cases, they may also require the manager to go on a training course or restrict occupiers from using some parts of the building.

The Council will inspect every HMO that has a licence to make sure they comply with all requirements and licensing conditions.