A HMO is a house in multiple occupation and applies to buildings that are either a single dwelling or a flat where one or more separate households share facilities such as; kitchens, toilet and bathroom.
A HMO licence is needed if a property:
- has three storeys or more (including cellars, attics, basements, mezzanine floors and loft conversions) and
- is occupied by five or more people from two or more households and
- has tenants who share some amenities like kitchen, bathroom or laundry
- in some cases a maisonette in a house or above commercial premises may need a licence if similarly occupied.