Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO)
What are houses of multiple occupancy? HMO's are properties that are occupied by three or more tenants, not from the same family, who share one or more basic amenities, such as WC, bathroom facilities, and cooking facilities.
All HMO's are subject to Management Regulations and inspections under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) whether a landlord needs a licence or not. This ensures that the property is managed properly and meets certain safety standards. The licence will be valid for up to three years and will then have to be renewed.