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House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

An HMO is a house or flat occupied by three or more people, who form two or more households and share amenities (such as bathrooms or kitchens). Some buildings converted into self-contained flats can also be HMOs if they do not meet certain building regulations and more than a third of the flats are rented out.

Change in definition

From 1st October 2018, the Mandatory Licensable HMO definition has been varied to 5 or more (unrelated) persons making up 2 or more households. This new definition removes the 3 or more storeys element which was previously in place. A landlord of such a property must make an application to us. Failure to apply for a licence when required is an offence punishable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.


To apply for an HMO Licence, please contact Housing Enforcement Team for an application form.

Updated: 20 Mar 2019
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