Changes to licensing of houses in multiple occupation

Published on 3rd September 2018

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Changes will affect HMO landlords from 1 October 2018

New regulations around the licensing of houses in multiple occupation are being brought in to force from 1 October 2018. This was agreed by government on 23 February 2018.

Cllr Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing, says: “The new regulations are part of a wider UK government initiative in an attempt to tackle the issue of poor housing conditions in the private rented sector.

“We’d encourage anyone letting property in Cheltenham with any house or flat(s) that are let to five or more tenants, in two or more households, to apply for their new licence now, to avoid any penalties.”

For more information about HMO licences and how to apply, visit the council’s website: or contact the built environment team on 01242 264119.

There is a civil penalty charge of up to £30,000 or prosecution, as well as repayment of rent for landlords without a licence.

The full legislation can be read here:  

For media enquiries please contact Jemima Lawson, communications officer 01242 26 4332 or email

Notes: The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Description) (England) Order 2018 can be found at