Houses in Multiple Occupancy

The Housing Act 2004 introduced the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The definition of an HMO is a building or part of a building that:

  • is occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares an amenity such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities
  • is occupied by more than one household and which is a converted building - but not entirely self-contained flats (whether or not some amenities are shared or lacking)
  • is converted self-contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulation and at least one third of flats are occupied under short tenancies

The Council has to inspect and license HMOs that are three or more stories high, have five or more people in more than one household, and share amenities such as bathrooms, toilets and cooking facilities.

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