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Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households. A household could be a single person or persons related to each other. HMOs are subject to higher standards of safety and management than typical family homes and if you rent out a property as an HMO which has 5 or more occupants you may have to apply to the Council for a licence.

 

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

In the Housing Act 2004, the definition of an HMO is technically complex.  This link from Gov.uk  provides a brief summary.

An HMO is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households; a household could be a single person or persons related to each other.  An HMO can also include a building converted entirely into self-contained flats. 

A household is a family, cohabiting couple or separate individuals.

Definition of an HMO

 

Does my HMO require a licence?

Not all HMO's require a licence. From the 1st October 2018, HMOs with 5 or more people sharing facilities will require a licence regardless of the number of storeys.  This includes houses, flats and converted flats.  A purpose built flat in a block with 5 occupants will also require a licence if there are less than 3 flats in the building.  Guidance is available here.

Visit our HMO Licensing page for guidance on which properties need a licence, how to apply, how much it costs and the conditions and standards that are required.

If your property requires a licence you should apply now.  If you are unsure, please contact us to confirm.  Do not wait until after the 1st October as you may be committing an offence.

 

Management of HMOs

HMOs require a higher level of management than single household properties.

HMO management page for more information.

 

Further information

Contact the Private Sector Housing Team by email: psh_enquiries@mendip.gov.uk or call 0300 303 8588.

 

Last modified: 11 September 2018