What is an HMO?

An HMO is a property (house or flat) which is let out to 3 or more tenants, who form 2 or more households and who share a living room, kitchen, bathroom or toilet.  The property must be the tenants' only or main residence.

Houses in Multiple Occupation provide valuable, much needed accommodation but can also be amongst the most hazardous places to live.  Various pieces of legislation have been produced to ensure that the standards of HMOs are maintained to ensure the safety of the tenants. HMOs may also be assessed under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).