Houses in multiple occupation
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) can be:
- A shared house occupied by more than one household
- A house divided into bedsits that is occupied by more than one household
- An individual flat occupied by more than one household
Situations considered to be a household:
- Couples that are married or in a civil partnership
- Relatives living together, including parents, grandparents, children (and step children), grandchildren, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces or cousins
- Half relatives are treated as full relatives
- A foster child living with his foster parent
HMO licensing requirements:
- All HMOs that have five or more persons forming two or more households must be licensed
- Bedrooms occupied by a single adult must have at least 6.51 sq. m floor area
- Bedrooms occupied by a couple must have at least 10.22 sq. m floor area
- No room under 4.64 sq. m can be used as a bedroom by any person
To apply for a HMO license, complete the application form and return it with all the required supporting documentation and fees.
Any landlord operating a licensable HMO without a licence will be:
- Committing a criminal offence
- Liable for a fine up to £20,000 on successful prosecution, or a civil penalty of up to £30,000
Use our HMO reporting form to report a landlord you suspect of operating without a licence.
We are legally obliged to collect and publish a register of HMO licences we have issued. This information is updated on a quarterly basis.