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Is my property a HMO?

It will be a HMO if it is one of the following:

  1. A shared house lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**. 
  2. A house in bedsits lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**. 
  3. An individual flat lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**. 
  4. A building of self-contained flats that do not meet 1991 Building Regulations standards.

 Exemptions: 

  • If it is occupied by only two people.
  • If it is occupied by the owner (and their family if any) and one or two lodgers.
  • If it is occupied by a religious community.
  • If the occupiers have their main residence elsewhere***.
  • If the owner or manager is a public body.
  • If the owner or manager is an educational institution.
  • A building of self-contained flats if two thirds or more of the flats are owner-occupied.
  • If the property is part of a guest house or hotel (unless a HMO Declaration' is made).

Some of these HMO's must have a licence - which ones?

A HMO must have a licence if all three of the following apply:

  1. It is an HMO (see definition of HMO above) and
  2. It is three storeys or more (includes basements) and attics and
  3. It is occupied by five people or more. 

Exemptions: 

  • If the whole property is in self-contained flats.
  • If the basement is in commercial use and there are only two residential storeys above. 

(*Family - husband, wife, co-habitee, child, step-child, foster-child, grandchild, step-parent, foster-parent, grandparent, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin.

** Facilities - basic amenities: wc; wash hand basin, shower, bath; cooking facilities.

***Accommodation used by full-time students while they are studying is taken to be their main residence.)

  

Last Updated: 27/02/2017
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