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Landlords have a statutory duty to apply for a licence for certain properties that are in multiple occupancy (HMOs).

Licences are normally valid for a period of five years, but in some instances they may be issued for a reduced term. Details of how to apply are outlined below. Applications should be processed within 12 weeks.

Apply for a new licence

The online application form currently unavailable due to essential system maintenance.

Relicense an HMO property


If your property was licensed under the Additional licensing scheme then you cannot apply for a renewal. Additional schemes end after five years. A new scheme covering Bevois, Bargate, Portswood and Swaythling came into force on 1 October 2018.


If your property is licensed under the Mandatory HMO licensing scheme and you want to continue letting the property when the current licence expires, you will need to apply to renew the licence two months before the current licence expires.

We will contact you three months before it expires with details of how to reapply.

Email: hmo@southampton.gov.uk
Telephone: 023 8083 3006
Address: HMO Licensing Team, Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY

Further information

For further information you can look at our HMO frequently asked questions (PDF).

*Buildings owned and managed by private providers of large student accommodation# who are members of and comply with ANUK National code for large student developments## or any approved code or scheme of compliance, as approved under section 233, Housing Act 2004, will be entitled to a 50% reduction on the fees. Proof of scheme or code membership and compliance will be required on application.

For applications of this kind and applications for any purpose-built blocks of flats, please do not use the online application form. Please use the manual application form (links available in the Attached Downloads section) or contact us at hmo@southampton.gov.uk or 023 8083 3006 to discuss your application. 

# where 15 or more students live in one building, either in rooms off a central corridor, cluster flats or self-contained flats
## The ANUK Code of Standards for larger developments for student accommodation not managed and controlled by educational establishments