Houses in multiple occupation
What is multiple occupation?
Your home is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if both of the following apply:
- at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
- toilet, bathroom or kithcen facilities are shared with other tenants
Your home is a licensable HMO if all of the following apply:
- It is at least 3 storeys high
- At least 5 tenants live there, making more than 1 household
- Toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared with other tenants
What is a household?
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:
- married or living together - including people in same-sex relationships
- relatives or half-relatives, for example, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
- step-parents and step-children
- Shared flats and houses
- Halls of residence for students or nurses
- Boarding houses
- Hotels or bed and breakfasts with permanent residents
- Some supported accommodation, such as foyers or 'move on' accommodation for homeless people
All HMOs are inspected by us to make sure they are free from hazards that could affect the health and safety of any occupants or visitors.
Some landlords will need a licence from us.