If you let your property to several tenants who aren't members of the same family, it may be a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
What a house of multiple occupation is
A property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if it is:
- at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
- toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared
- a house divided into bedsits, occupied by people who do not form one household and who share one or more amenities
- a shared house that is occupied by more than one household and who share one or more amenities (i.e. w/c, wash hand basin, shower, bath, cooking facilities)
A household consists of either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.
An HMO must have a licence if it is both 3 or more storeys high and occupied by 5 or more people.
|HMO with 5 to 6 bedspaces||£510.00|
|HMO with 7 to 8 bedspaces||£610.00|
|HMO with 9 plus bedspaces||£715.00|
The council has to carry out a Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) risk assessment on your HMO within 5 years of receiving a licence application. If the inspector finds any unacceptable risks during the assessment, you must carry out work to eliminate them.
You must tell the council if:
- you plan to make changes to an HMO
- your tenants make changes
- your tenants’ circumstances change (eg they have a child)
You can call into one of our customer services centers, telephone or email us.