Houses in Multiple Occupation
What is a house in multiple occupation?
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) a house occupied by a brother, sister and one other unrelated occupant would form two households;
b) three unrelated persons would form three households.
The tenancy agreement is not relevant in determining if a house is
an HMO. Nor is the size of the property (e.g. the number of storeys).
More information about HMOs and what properties need to be licensed