Houses in multiple occupation

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Forum

We are hosting a HMO Forum meeting on Monday 5 December 2022, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, at Aveley Community Hub, Recreation Ground, High Street, Aveley, South Ockendon, RM15 4BX.

There will be guest speakers from our planning, council tax, public health and housing teams, as well as a chance to speak with our HMO licensing team, colleagues and other landlords. This event is free to attend, with food and drink provided.

If you would like to attend, please let us know by emailing

Temporary exemption notices

You can apply for a temporary exemption notice (TEN) if you manage or control a house in multiple occupation (HMO) that currently requires a licence but you want to take steps so the property no longer needs to be licensed

Applications for a TEN must be made by the person who controls or manages the property – usually the owner or landlord – or their agent, using the form below. There is no application fee.

Apply for a temporary exemption notice

By applying, you:

  • declare the information submitted is true and complete to the best of your knowledge
  • understand that it is an offence to send us information you know to be false or misleading in connection with our functions under Parts 1 to 4 or 7 of the Housing Act 2004

We may ask you to give evidence of statements made in your application. If we find something relevant that you should have disclosed, or which was incorrectly stated or described, action will be taken. This may include revoking your TEN.

We will only issue a TEN in exceptional circumstances. No more than 2 TENs will be issued for a property – each TEN will last 3 months. At the end of the exemption period, your property must either no longer need a HMO licence, or you must apply immediately for a HMO licence.

It is a criminal offence to operate a licensable HMO without having either a licence or a TEN.

If we decide not to issue a TEN, we will immediately give you notice of:

  • our decision, along with our reasons and the date it was made
  • your right to appeal against our decision

You may appeal within 28 days of the date our decision was made. Appeals must be made to the residential property tribunal for the east of England. For more information, go to:

Register of temporary exemptions notices

There are currently no properties listed on the register of temporary exemptions notices.