Houses in multiple occupation
Under the Housing Act 2004, a House in Multiple Occupation can be defined as follows (taken from communities.gov.uk):
- An entire house or flat which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
- A house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities.
- A converted house which contains one or more flats which are not wholly self-contained (ie the flat does not contain within it a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by three or more tenants who form two or more households.
- A building which is converted entirely into self-contained flats if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies.
- In order to be an HMO the property must be used as the tenants' only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants. Properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties which are used as domestic refuges. There are specific requirements with regard to licensing and this can vary amongst Local Authorities.
- There are also specific requirements with regard to fire and facilities. The regulations and licensing also enable Local Authorities to restrict the number of occupants.
- We are able to provide advice and support as required to ensure that you meet the necessary minimum standards imposed by the Local Authority and also meet the requirements of other statutory regulations (such as the Building Regulations).