Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

When a house is let to sharing owners that are not a family, landlords must make certain that the home abide by regulations around House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
What is HMO?

A rented residential property is considered a House in Multiple Occupation if:

A property is occupied by 5 or more people, forming 2 or more households, who additionally share facilities such as the cooking area or shower room, no matter the number of floors the property has.
What is a ‘house’?

A house is defined as either a single person or participants of the same family who cohabit. A household includes people who are:

wed or cohabiting (consisting of same-sex couples).
loved ones or half-relatives (eg grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings).
step-parents and step-children.

What are my duties if I let a HMO London?

As well as all your normal legal duties you have to ensure:.

smoke alarm are mounted.
electrics are inspected every five years.
that the building is not chock-full (there should be a separate area for sleeping for each couple, each single person over 21, and for each 2 youngsters aged over ten years).
there suffice cooking and washing centers.
common areas as well as shared centers are clean and in great repair.

What is the minimal area dimension for resting?

National minimal room dimensions for resting will be introduced:.

Minimum 4.64 square metres– a single person under ten years.
Minimum 6.51 square metres– a single person over 10 years.
Minimum 10.22 square metres– two people over one decade.
Any room where the ceiling height is less than 1.5 metres can not be made use of towards any minimum room size.

You need to contact your local council to identify whether you need a HMO permit prior to you let to occupants. If not, you could take the chance of a fine of approximately ₤ 20,000.