Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s)
A house is classed as a HMO if:
At least 3 tenants live there, forming more than 1 household* and share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities.
It is a converted building comprised of self-contained flats that do not meet the 1991 Building Regulation Standards, and less than two-thirds of the self-contained flats are owner-occupied.
*A household consists of either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.
Different HMO’s have to meet different standards in relation to facilities, management and fire safety. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify the correct standards for your property. You are advised to contact the Public Protection Department to confirm the standards that apply to your property prior to undertaking any work. Some basic standards are outlined below-
Licensing of HMO’s
Some HMO’s require a Property Licence. If your property is 3 or more storeys (this includes basements and attics) with 5 or more occupants (who form more than one household) you will require a Property License.
Failure to hold a Property Licence for these types of properties is an offence under the Housing Act 2004 and may lead to a fine of up to £20,000.
Application Pack for HMO Property Licence: