Mandatory Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
If you are a private landlord/managing agent and let out a property as a licensable HMO, that property must have a valid licence issued by the council. A licensable HMO is one where the property:
- Comprises 3 or more storeys;
- Has 5 or more unrelated occupiers (consisting of 2 or more households) and;
- Who share an amenity such as a kitchen, toilet, bathroom or lounge.
If the property consists of a mixture of self-contained flats and flats where the tenant has to go out of their flat usually through a communal area to make use of an amenity as described above (whether for their exclusive use or not), then this may require a HMO licence. In addition, properties let above commercial premises may require a HMO licence.