Owners of rented houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are required by the Housing Act 2004 to have them licensed by the Council where they are occupied by five or more people forming more than one household. An on-line application form can be found on the Licensing Process page; these pages also contain information on standards and legislation for licensable and non-licensable HMOs.
From 4 May 2020, an Additional Licensing Designation will come into effect across the city, requiring HMOs with fewer than five persons to be licensed. See the Property Licensing web page for more information.
Coventry City Council is now offering a free, voluntary accreditation scheme for landlords. Being accredited by us may entitle you to cheaper, longer lasting licences for your properties. Please visit our Landlord Accreditation pages for more information.