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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.

See if you need an HMO licence