Houses in multiple occupation in the Harrogate area

A house in multiple occupation is a house where at least three people live who are not from one household live and share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities with other tenants. View the register of properties that are licensed to operate as houses of multiple occupation in the Harrogate area.

Apply for a licence

You must fill in all of the following forms to make an application:

  • application form
  • additional sheets for section 2
  • additional sheets for section 2.8
  • additional sheets for sections 3 and 6
  • additional sheets for section 4
  • fire risk assessment

Contact us for the application forms.

 These guidance notes will help you (pdf / 475 KB)

What is a house in multiple occupation? 

The Housing Act 2004 introduced a new definition of what constitutes a house in multiple occupation.

A house in multiple occupation means a building (or part of a building, such as a flat), that:

  • is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares, or lacks an amenity, such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities or
  • is occupied by more than one household and which is a converted building, but not entirely into self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking) or
  • is converted self-contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations, and at least one third of flats are occupied under short tenancies

The building may be occupied by more than one household:

  • as their only or main residence
  • as a refuge of people escaping domestic violence
  • by students during term time
  • for other purposes described by the Government

People do not form a single household unless they are members of the same family. A household is defined as:

  • families, including single people, couples and same sex couples
  • other relationships, such as fostering, carers and domestic staff

What we do

We make sure that these houses are fit for occupation and suitable for the numbers of people intending to live in them.

We do this by:

  • responding to complaints
  • revisiting premises to ensure that work has been carried out and standards are being maintained
  • viewing planning applications

Licensable houses in multiple occupation

These properties require a mandatory house in multiple occupation licence:

  • properties with five or more occupants, making up two or more households and
  • properties where occupants share basic amenities such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities (this essentially removes the storey element) or
  • purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block and one or both are occupied in the above definition

Amenity and space standards

 You can read the amenity and space standards here (pdf / 129 KB). The property should meet these standards in order to meet the conditions for a licence to be issued. 

Example floor plan

 Take a look at an example floor plan here (pdf / 114 KB)

This shows what is expected to be submitted as part of your application.