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House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

An HMO is a house or flat occupied by three or more people, who form two or more households and share amenities (such as bathrooms or kitchens). Some buildings converted into self-contained flats can also be HMOs if they do not meet certain building regulations and more than a third of the flats are rented out.

Change in definition

From 1st October 2018, the Mandatory Licensable HMO definition has been varied to 5 or more (unrelated) persons making up 2 or more households. This new definition removes the 3 or more storeys element which was previously in place. A landlord of such a property must make an application to us. Failure to apply for a licence when required is an offence punishable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.


To apply for an HMO Licence, please contact Private Sector Housing Team for an application form.

Updated: 11 Sep 2019
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