All owners of multi-tenanted property in Oxford now have to apply for a special licence from the city. The regulation applies to properties of two or more storeys where three or more unrelated tenants share facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens.

The Houses in Multiple Occupation licence (HMO) came into force on 30 January 2012 and it is estimated that about 5,000 properties will be affected. Property owners who do not comply could be fined up to