House in multiple occupation (HMO)

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Associated Legislation

The Housing Act 2004 Part 2 introduces Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Requirements

What is a HMO?

A building or part of a building is an HMO if it meets one of the following tests:

  • Any building in which two or more families/individuals share basic amenities - amenities are bathroom, toilet or kitchen facilities.
  • Any flat in which two or more families/individuals share basic amenities - amenities are bathroom, toilet or kitchen facilities.
  • Any converted building comprising one or more units of accommodation that are not self-contained.
  • Any converted building comprising self-contained flats that does not meet as a minimum the 1991 Building Regulations standard and less than two thirds of the flats are owner-occupied.

Do all HMOs have to be licensed?

No. The Council is only operating mandatory licensing of HMOs where if the HMO is occupied by five or more persons in more than one household it will require to be licensed. This mandatory licensing requirement excludes HMOs in self contained flats in purpose built blocks where the block comprises three or more self contained flats.

How to apply

Using the EUGO Portal you can:

Further Information

Please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01732 876395 and ask to speak to someone about HMO licensing or email privatesectorhousing@tmbc.gov.ukor SMS text message on 07781 482959.