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Essex HMO Licence – HMO Advice

HMO Advice’s unique HMO Licensing Services Essex are designed to help local landlords achieve compliance with complex Essex HMO licence requirements.


HMO Licence Essex


Bordering London (south-west), Kent (south, across the River Thames Estuary), Hertfordshire (west) and Suffolk & Cambridgeshire (both north), South-East England’s county of Essex, the home of London Stansted Airport and Dartford Crossing, which consists of the impressive Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and two bored tunnels, encompasses the 12 county-council area and two unitary districts of:

  • Basildon, Braintree & Brentwood
  • Castle Point, City of Chelmsford (with Chelmsford being Essex’s county town) & Colchester
  • Epping Forest, Harlow & Maldon
  • Rochford, Tendring & Uttlesford
  • Southend-on-Sea & Thurrock (the 2 unitary districts)

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020 3950 8834 for London properties,  

0330 1137 267 for UK properties.

Dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period, the county of Essex has several towns and villages with Roman origins and boasts an array of attractions including areas of outstanding natural beauty, historic & religious sites and museums; theatres, seaside resorts, zoos, parks & gardens and landmarks like, among many others:


  • Essex County Court House, Audley End House (Saffron Waldon) and Colchester Castle
  • Clacton Pier, Hedingham Castle and Tilbury Fort
  • Thaxted Windmill & Guildhall and Mistley Towers (Manningtree)
  • Waltham Abbey and the Cathedrals of Brentwood & Chelmsford


Boasting a plethora of state and independent educational facilities, Essex is also home to several University of Essex campuses (Colchester, Loughton & Southend-on-Sea) and an Anglia Ruskin University campus encompassing the:


  • Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Law School & School of Medicine
  • Faculties of Medical Science, Science & Technology and Health, Social Care & Education


Largely limited to southern Essex, industries in the county include:


  • Agriculture (which takes up most of the county’s northern, eastern and western areas)
  • Science, electronics and mechanical engineering (including, though not limited to, plastics, glass making and metalworking)
  • Pharmaceuticals, insurance, business & financial services
  • Retail, hospitality and transport/airport related activities


Affordable accommodation for students and professionals coming to Essex to seek employment is provided by numerous HMO properties, which must, of course, be licensed in compliance with Essex HMO Licence requirements.


HMO Licensing Essex


Under current national HMO legislation, all properties let to five tenants or more forming more than just one household and sharing basic amenities (such as, for example, a kitchen, toilet and/or bathroom) must be licensed.


While this naturally applies to all Essex properties subject to HMO licensing Essex landlords must also:


  • Comply with Essex HMO Amenity Standards
  • Acquire their licenses via their local councils –many of which have put additional licensing schemes into action.


This can make the already rather complex process of acquiring an HMO licence in Essex even more complicated, stressful and confusing.


HMO Licensing Services Essex


Having successfully navigated Essex HMO licensing’s intricate maze of red tape, local bureaucracy and various additional schemes as landlords ourselves, we here at HMO Advice have the experience and know-how to help local landlords obtain their licences without undue stress, confusion and delays.


To learn more, contact our HMO Licensing Services Essex team by e-mail:, telephone: 0330 1137 267 or online today.

What is a HMO?

A HMO is basically a ‘house in multiple occupation’. In other words, it is a complete house/flat that is let to 3 tenants or more who are:

  • Forming 2 or more households*
  • Sharing a kitchen, bathroom and/or toilet

*See HERE for more detailed information and a definition of what constitutes a household.

Do I require a HMO Licence?

Whether a HMO licence is required for a property varies between councils and depends on whether your relevant local council operates an additional licensing scheme. Our HMO Guidance Service could be the perfect solution for you. Are you unsure if an HMO license is required? Learn more HERE.

What Happens if I Fail to Apply for a HMO Licence?

Failure to obtain a HMO licence is a punishable offence and may result in prosecution with potentially serious penalties and sanctions. You can find more detailed information on the possible consequences of failing to obtain a licence HERE.

How Can I Get a HMO Licence?

Obtaining a HMO Licence is a 4-step process involving:

  • Assessment of Your Property According to Your Local Authority’s Standards
  • Licence Application
  • Upgrading Your Property Where Required
  • Signing Off

Learn more HERE.

For more detailed information and/or to discuss your specific needs, please do not hesitate to call our representatives on Tel.: 020 3950 8834 today.

You can also contact us and specify how you would like to be responded to, either by phone or email.

For more advice and assistance, You can find answers to many commonly asked questions on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.