A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a term that applies to any living accommodation occupied by 3 or more unrelated persons as their only or main residence, and who share kitchen and/or bathroom facilities. Living accommodation occupied by students during term-time is always regarded as their main residence.
Houses in Multiple Occupation
HMO Licensing falls under Part 5 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 as amended
If you require an HMO Licence, you can download an application pack.
- HMO Licence application form
- Notice of HMO Application
- Certificate of Compliance
- Guidance Notes
Your HMO Licence application will be handled by the Council’s HMO Officers who will use the following guidance to determine the standards required at your property before an HMO Licence can be granted: Licensing Houses in Multiple Occupation Guidance Notes for Scottish Local Authorities
We cannot accept an HMO licence application unless it is accompanied by the relevant fee.
- If the application is being posted to Marischal College, please include a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to 'Aberdeen City Council'.
- If the application is being handed in at Marischal College reception, the fee may be paid by cheque as above, or by cash/credit card/debit card, using the payment machines in the reception area. If the fee is paid using the payment machines, please attach the receipt to the application form and hand it to the reception staff.
The Council is legally required to maintain a public register of HMO licence applications and granted HMO licences.
Every granted HMO licence is subject to 11 standard conditions.
Enforcement of fire safety in HMO properties is the sole responsibility of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) under Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, as amended. A Fire Safety Risk Assessment for the HMO premises must, by law, be carried out by a competent person. For further information, click on the link or contact the SFRS.
If you are living in an HMO, ask your Landlord if they hold a current HMO licence. If your landlord doesn’t hold a licence, your home may not meet the HMO standards and may be even be unsafe in terms of gas safety, electrical safety & fire safety.
Contact the HMO Unit to check whether or not your landlord holds a licence, or if you wish any advice about the standard of your accommodation.
Do you live next door to an HMO or are there HMOs in your street? If you are experiencing problems from neighbouring HMOs, contact the HMO Unit for advice. If any such problems include anti-social behaviour, you can also contact the Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team (ASBIT).
HMO Unit, Private Sector Housing Unit
Communities, Housing & Infrastrucutre
Business Hub 1, Lower Ground Floor West
03000 200 292
The HMO Unit in Marischal College is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am 5pm. Visitors to the HMO Unit are welcome but it is recommended that you phone first and make an appointment to visit.
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