HMOs need to be licensed if they have:
- 5 or more occupants; and
- 2 or more households
You need a licence if you operate this type of HMO. A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a single dwelling that is occupied by three or more people living in more than one household and who share one or more basic amenities.
- A household is defined as occupiers of the same family and includes spouses, co-habitees, same sex couples and any blood relative.
- Basic amenities means a toilet, personal washing facilities, or cooking facilities.
This includes bedsits, houses partly converted into self-contained flats, hostels, accommodation above shops and shared houses and flats.
Houses converted to self-contained flats before 1991 and not in accordance with the 1991 Building Regulations will also be HMOs.
The one exception is that if you intend to stop operating as a HMO or are reducing the number of occupants and can give clear evidence of this, then you may apply for a Temporary Exemption Notice. This lasts for a maximum of three months and ensures that a property in the process of being converted from a HMO does not need to be licensed.
If a property you own or manage or intend to operate as a HMO needs a licence or a Temporary Exemption Notice please contact us by telephoning Housing Standards on 01283 508578 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.