HMOs for Sale in Coventry


Professional & Student HMOs for Sale in Coventry

Coventry is a hot bed for HMO properties and is popular for both students and professionals alike. Strategically it’s a great location for investors both North and South. At the moment there isn’t article 4 in place which means it’s a good location to add to the HMO stock available without the hassle of obtaining planning permission. However this is set to change so please see details below about Article 4. 

HMOs for sale in Coventry offer high yields as rents are some 20% higher than you would find for HMOs further North. Coventry is an excellent location for professional, DSS and student HMOs. There are a good mix of sized HMOs ranging from 5 beds to 10-12 bed HMOs plus. 

Houses in Multiple Occupation have a number of regulations surrounding them including article 4 directives, selective and mandatory HMO licences, and rules on planning permission. For more information about these topics, see our Coventry HMO FAQ section at the bottom of the page. 

Are you looking to buy or sell an HMO in Coventry? Enquire today and see how we can help.

Coventry HMO Market FAQs

Demand for HMOs in Coventry is high. There are many factors for this. The first is that Coventry has high tenant demand, both for student and professional tenants.  Coventry has high demand for professional HMO tenants, particularly with it historical links with the manufacturing trade. There is also reasonable demand for HMO rooms in neighbouring Nuneaton and Rugby. 

Out of all the rooms available in Coventry, some 90% of rooms are doubles and around 20% are single rooms. Over half of Coventry HMO rooms have ensuites. Rental values are markedly higher than they are up North, with the highest percentile of room rents in Coventry falling between £450 and £600. Around 12% of rooms are listed for above £600 per month.

There are very few HMO rooms located in the centre of Coventry, with the vast majority of them being located around the East of the city congregating around the University campus. 

So if you are looking to develop HMOs in Birkenhead there is scope to develop more rooms with ensuites. 

There is very high demand for Student HMOs in Coventry. The main reason is there are a whopping 4 Universities in the city. The biggest cluster of student HMO properties in Coventry is located to the North East of the city and located between Coventry College and Coventry University. The University of Warwick is located South West of the City and as such as there is another cluster of Student HMOs in that area. There is a fourth University called Arden Uni but there doesn’t appear to be high demand for HMO rooms in that area. 

There is a final cluster of HMO rooms that is popular with both student and professional tenants located to the West of Coventry City Centre. 

The average size HMO in Coventry is 6 beds. 4 and 5 bed HMOs are also common. There is some purpose built student accommodation in Coventry which is significantly larger than a Sui Generis HMO and are more “pod” style HMOs or mini flats. There are larger HMOs of 7 beds and more in Coventry which require planning permission, aswell as large HMOs above 10 bedrooms. 

Unfortunately we do not provide any recommendations for third party HMO letting agents in Coventry. If we can assist with helping to source a specialist letting agency in Coventry then please feel free to contact us.  

Currently, there is no article 4 in Coventry, however there is a consultation with the general public currently underway with the view for it to be introduced. The consultation period runs until the end of November 2022 and the Council will decide if it should be introduced. It is highly unlikely that it will not be introduced. If Article 4 does come into effect in Coventry then it will be introduced in September 2023. You can read our blog all about Article 4 in Coventry


Any HMO that has 5 or more rooms over 2 or more floors must have a mandatory HMO licence in Coventry. As standard, HMOs that comprise of 4 or fewer bedrooms do not need an HMO licence unless there is a Selective Licensing scheme that is run by the Council. Coventry is unique as there is a require for HMO landlords with few than 5 bedrooms to have an HMO License, which was introduced on 4th May 2020. This requirement has also been extended to certain types of flats. The application for this HMO license is the same for all sizes, both above and below 5 bedrooms and you can apply for this on Coventry Council’s website. Licensing for HMOs is required across the whole of Coventry and has been termed “Coventry City Council Designation for an Area for Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation 2020”. 

During the Consultation that was run by Coventry Council in the first quarter of 2019, it was determined that Selective Licensing would not be introduced. 

If you have an HMO rented to 6 or less tenants, you do not require planning permission to convert to an HMO in Coventry, as permitted development rights allow you to change the use of property from a dwelling house (C3) to a house in multiple occupation (C4). 

If you have a 7 bedroom and bigger house of multiple occupancy, then nationally you are required to have planning permission as Sui Generis HMO. 

HMO Deals in Coventry

12 bed HMO

12 bed HMO Conversion + Land Dev

Off market deal, conversion of 3 storey detached commercial premises with additional basement and outbuilding. Land to the rear ideal for development of 2 houses STPP 

6 bed student HMO

6 bed Student Tenanted HMO

Off market deal, fully tenanted 6 bed HMO, tenancies until Aug 2023 generating £2550 per month. Landlord looking for quick sale.

9 bed HMO

9 bed Professional Tenanted HMO

A fully tenanted 9 bedroom HMO with a gross rent of £3700. 6 en-suites, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms split over 5 floors! The landlord completed a £120,000 full refurbishment in 2019. 

Hotel to HMO conversion

32 bed HMO Portfolio

A portfolio of 5 HMO properties comprising of 32 professionally let rooms for sale. The properties are all located within a 5 mile radius. The portfolio would benefit from some upgrade and modernisation to some of the properties. Part tenanted.

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