Houses in multiple occupation
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a building, or part of a building, that is being lived in by a group of people.
- A house or flat converted into three or more bedsits
- A house or flat occupied by three or more friends, work colleagues or students
- A house that has self-contained flats where less than two thirds of the flats are owner-occupied. The flats were not converted in accordance with the 1991 Building Regulations
Help, information and guidance
We have put together a handbook for landlords about HMOs
It contains information about:
- fire safety
- space standards
- planning applications
- what should be expected from a landlord and a tenant
All HMOs occupied by five or more people need a licence. It is an offence to operate without a licence.
The fee for a licence is £551.
You can apply for a licence by downloading the form below:
Once the form is complete, email the Private Sector Housing Team or send it to:
Private Sector Housing
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX
We publish a register of licenses issued:
- Register of Mandatory Licences for Babergh (Excel document)
- Alternative format: Register of Mandatory Licences for Babergh (PDF)
- Register of Mandatory Licences for Mid Suffolk (Excel document)
- Alternative format: Register of Mandatory Licences for Mid Suffolk (PDF)
Fire and amenity standards
There are fire standards that should be followed. These are minimum standards and should be used as a guide only.
The actual provisions needed will depend on the findings of a risk assessment. This will be carried out by one of our officers.