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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Some landlords need a licence to rent out their properties.  This is to ensure that shared properties meet a safe and acceptable standard.

Your landlord needs an HMO licence if the property has:

  • five or more people, and
  • they are living over three or more floors 

Failure to hold a licence is a criminal offence and could affect whether the landlord can charge you rent.

Don't rent a property if the landlord cannot provide you a copy of the HMO licence.

You can check Leeds City Council's public register to see if your prospective landlord has applied for their licence.

If they haven't, e.mail the hmo.team@leeds.gov.uk or contact the Student Advice Centre.

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