Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) License

 

An HMO must have a licence if it is occupied by 5 or more people. A council can also include other types of HMOs for licensing.

HMO

 

Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household

  • toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared


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.

Risk assessment
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.

(ref: https://www.gov.uk/renting-out-a-property/houses-in-multiple-occupation-hmo )

for more info:

https://www.gov.uk/renting-out-a-property/houses-in-multiple-occupation-hmo