Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
What is a house in multiple occupation?
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property let to at least three tenants who form two or more 'households' and who share a toilet, bathroom or kitchen.
A household can be:
- relatives including grandparents, siblings and stepchildren
- couples including civil partnerships and same-sex relationships
- a single person living alone
HMOs can include a shared house, self-contained flats or bed and breakfast accommodation.
You need a licence if you want to let out certain HMOs.