South Cambridgeshire Logo
My South Cambs:
Sign in or register
Environmental Crime pollution.svg

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.

Contact Details