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House in Multiple Occupation (HMO's)

What is a HMO?

A HMO means a House in Multiple Occupation as defined by the Housing Act 2004, and it applies to a wide range of housing types and includes:

• A building or a part of a building, which consists of one or more units of living accommodation.

• Where two or more of the households who occupy the living accommodation, as their only or main residence, sharing one or more basic amenities (like a kitchen, toilet or bathroom).

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• A converted building where more than one household lives and doesn't entirely comprise self contained flats (whether or not there is also a sharing or lack of amenities).

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• comprises entirely of converted self contained flats and the standard of conversion does not meet, at a minimum, that required by the 1991 Building Regulation and more than one third of the flats are occupied under short tenancies, (known as Section 257 HMOs)

A Household Comprises:

• A couple (whether or not married, and including same sex couples)

• Persons related to one another as:

    •a parent or grandparent

    •a brother or sister

    •a child, grand child or step child

    •a cousin

    •a niece or nephew

    •an uncle or aunt

• Any other relationship that may be prescribed by regulations, such as domestic staff or fostering or carer arrangements.

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