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Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO)

The legal definition of a House in Multiple Occupation is quite complex, but as a guide it is a building, or part of a building, such as a flat, which is either:

  • occupied by more than one household and where more than one household shares (or lacks) an amenity, such as a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities or
  • converted self-contained flats, but does not meet as a minimum standard the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulation, and at least one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies

A ‘household’ can be:

  • families (including single people, couples and same sex couples)
  • other relationships, such as foster families, carers and domestic staff living with the householder

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Advice for Tenants

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Advice for Landlords

Who to contact

Contact Name
Private Sector Housing
Houses of Multiple Occupation

Where to go

4th Floor Town Hall Extension

Last updated 01/02/2018