What is an HMO?

The term House in Multiple Occupation refers to a rental property which falls into one of the following criteria:

  • A house which is split into bedsits
  • A house, or flatshare, where each of your tenants has their own tenancy agreement
  • Students who live in shared accommodation

Mandatory licensing was introduced by the Housing Act 2004 and as a landlord, you must register your rental property as an HMO with your local authority if it has three (habitable) storeys or more and it is occupied by five or more unrelated people who share an amenity such as bathroom or kitchen facilities.

As part of your application for an HMO License, you will be required to provide a floor plan of the property which shows room dimensions, smoke and heat detectors, all doors, fire doors, windows and escape windows.