What is an HMO?
An HMO is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households. In order for a building, or part of a building to form an HMO it must fall within the meaning of one of the following descriptions:
- a building in which more than one household shares a basic amenity e.g. a bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities. This is called 'the standard test'.
- a flat in which more than one household shares a basic amenity (all of which are in the flat) e.g. bathroom, toilet or cooking facilities. This is called 'the self-contained flat test';
- a building that has been converted and does not entirely comprise of self-contained flats. This is called 'the converted building test';
- a building which is comprised entirely of converted self-contained flats and the standard of the conversion does not meet, at a minimum, the standard required by the 1991 Building Regulations, and less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied. This building is also known as a section 257 HMO.
Further information on HMO's can be obtained from the following website:
Visit GOV.UK for a landlords's guide to houses in multiple occupation.
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