Review of HMO licensing scheme


The Council designated the whole of the City subject to Additional Licensing of HMOs in 2010.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is any house or flat that is occupied by three or more people who form more than one household.

A household may be (i) a single person or (ii) several members of the same family, all related by blood or marriage. For example: a house occupied by a brother, sister and one other unrelated occupant would form two households; three unrelated persons would form three households.

The licensing scheme, which was phased into effect from the 24th January 2011 and 31st January 2012 was designated for 5 years. Under s.60(3) of the Housing Act 2004 'a local housing authority must from time to time review the operation of any designation made by them'. At this time it is therefore necessary to undertake a review and consider options for the future of the scheme post January 2016.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Documents

  • Review of HMO Licensing Scheme
    A review of the HMO Licensing Scheme was conducted in 2014/15. The results and key findings can be found in this report which also provides a useful reference document for when responding to the consultation.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Review of HMO licensing scheme
Description The Council designated the whole of the City subject to Additional Licensing of HMOs in 2010. The first phase of the scheme is due to expire in January 2016 and as such the Council is seeking views about the scheme. The results of this consultation will be used to consider future options for the scheme and report back to the City Executive Board in October 2015.
Dates From 15 Jun 2015 at 13:00 to 24 Aug 2015 at 23:59. The results were published on 15 Oct 2015.
Status Closed
Area Covered Barton And Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill And Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Jericho And Osney, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, North, Northfield Brook, Quarry And Risinghurst, Rose Hill And Iffley, St Clement's, St Margaret's, St Mary's, Summertown, Wolvercote
Who we are consulting Area Committees/Forums, Children & Young People, City Councillors, Community Groups, Council Staff, County Councillors, Disability groups, District Citizens' Panel, General Public, Housing tenants, Local Strategic Partnerships, Management Team, Older People, Resident Groups, Social Housing Tenants, Voluntary Sector
Who we are consulting (others)
Who we are consulting (committees)
Methods Used Online Consultations, Exhibition / Roadshow, Group discussions, Face to face interview surveys
Contact Details

Adrian Chowns

HMO Enforcement Team Manager

Oxford City Council

01865 252010