Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
A property is classed as a house in multiple occupation if it:
- is occupied by five or more persons
- forms two or more households
- requires occupants to share a bathroom or kitchen
Types of occupation can include:
- cohesive groups (shared house)
- non-cohesive groups (bedsit)
- certain self-contained flats
Houses occupied on a shared basis. These would normally be occupied by members of a defined social group for example students or a group of young single adults. The occupiers have use of a bedroom but would share other facilities including a communal living space.
Houses occupied as individual rooms where there is some exclusive occupation. Usually bedroom or living room and some sharing of amenities such as a bathroom or toilet and kitchen. Each occupant lives otherwise independently of all others.
A property must meet all the criteria in order to require a license. A property with an existing mandatory licence cannot be transferred to a new owner.
If you use a building as a house in multiple occupation you may need planning permission.
Find out about applying for planning permission or building regulations approval.
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