Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)


What is a HMO?


A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined as a property occupied by three or more persons (including children) who form more than one household. This includes buildings converted into self-contained flats (which do not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations).

A household may be a single person or several members of the same family. For example:

  • a house occupied by a brother, sister and one other unrelated occupant would form two households;
  • three unrelated persons would form three households.

The tenancy agreement is not relevant in determining if a house is a HMO. Nor is the size of the property (e.g. the number of storeys).

In order to protect occupiers in HMO's from poor housing conditions, the government regulates:

  The quality and safety of the accommodation provided

   That you (either a landlord, managing agent or both) are a "fit and proper person" to hold a licence.

  That the number of occpuiers in a property is equal to the number of rooms detailed on your licence.


If you require further information on HMO's and how to apply for them, please see the links below. 


Government Guidance HMO FAQs Amenities & Space Standards Apply for a Licence List of HMO Licenses




Last updated: Friday 6th December 2019 03:37:38 PM
Review date: Sunday 30th August 2020 03:09:36 PM