Definition of an HMO
Definition of a HMO
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined within section 254 and 257 of the Housing Act 2004. In summary a HMO is a house, or flat if:
- 3 or more tenants are occupying the property who form 2 or more households and who share one of the basic amenities such as cooking facilities a bathroom or a w/c.
- The property is occupied by more than 3 tenants forming 2 or more households” of which the building has been converted but is not entirely self-contained flats (whether some of the amenities are shared).
- The building is converted into self-contained flats, but does not comply with the requirements of the 1991 Building Regulations and at least a third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies.
In addition to the above it must be “occupied” by more than one household in one of the following scenarios:
- It must be their only or main residence: or
- As a refuge by people escaping domestic violence; or
- During term time by students, or
- For any other purpose that is prescribed in regulations
A household is defined as a family which includes single persons, couples, relatives, foster children’s and any associated domestic staff.