The Housing Act 2004 introduced a new definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The new definition is detailed and complex.
A simplified version of the definition is that a House in Multiple Occupation means a building, or part of a building (eg a flat):
- which comprises entirely of converted self-contained flats and the standard of conversion does not meet, at a minimum, that required by the 1991 Building Regulation and more than one-third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies
Generally, a house in multiple occupation will be a property occupied by more than one household and more than two people, and may include bedsits, shared houses and some self-contained flats.
Use the links on the left to view access information concerning HMOs