What makes a property an HMO?

The term ‘HMO’ stands for House of Multiple Occupation or House in Multiple Occupancy and has also been referred to as a ‘house share’.

An ‘HMO’ is any property with the following combination(s) of tenants;

  • 3 or more tenants
  • with shared facilities like a bathroom or kitchen
  • Or more than 1 household

A ‘household’ is defined as;

  • A single person, or several members of the same family who live together.
  • Each tenant from a separate family is classed as a separate household.

How is the term ‘family’ defined?

  • Married couples who live together
  • Two persons living together
  • Relatives or half relatives count as the same ‘family’. This includes; grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, siblings & step-siblings.

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