HMOs - houses in multiple occupation
This document has been prepared as a guide for local housing authorities to help them understand how to implement the reforms to houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing.
Under the Housing Act 2004, larger HMOs that are three or more storeys and occupied by five or more persons forming at least two separate households are required to be licensed.
With effect from 1 October 2018, mandatory licensing of HMOs will be extended so that smaller properties used as HMOs in England which house five people or more in two or more separate households will in many cases require a licence.
New mandatory conditions to be included in licences have also been introduced, prescribing national minimum sizes for rooms used as sleeping accommodation and requiring landlords to adhere to council refuse schemes.