Living in a house with multiple occupants
If you rent rooms or flats within a single property to a number of tenants, it may be considered a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). A property is a HMO if it is let as a main or only home to at least three tenants, who form more than one household and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
If you are a tenant in shared accommodation, you may live in an HMO. These properties can be an entire house, flat or converted building or any of the following:
- shared houses
- households with a lodger
- purpose-built HMOs
- bed and breakfast providing accommodation for homeless people
- some types of self-contained flats converted from houses
A HMO must have a licence if it:
- comprises of three or more storeys AND;
- is occupied by five or more persons who form more than one household AND;
- there is some sharing of facilities.
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