Houses in multiple occupation (HMO)
HMOs are generally houses split into bedsits, shared houses such as student houses or divided into some self-contained flats
The extension to mandatory HMO licensing for properties with 5 or more occupants in 2 or more households who share facilities, within a building, flat or flats.
Licensing is intended to make sure that landlords of HMO's are fit and proper people and that their premises are properly regulated.
If a property does not meet the required conditions for a house in multiple occupation a license may be refused.
As a landlord of a HMO, you are responsible for making sure your properties are kept in repair and are suitable for multiple tenants.
HMO management regulations place a number of duties upon the manager of a house in multiple occupation.