HMO stands for House in Multiple Occupation and is defined as a property which has 3 or more people from more than 1 household living there who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities.
You must have a license if you are renting out a large HMO or if your local council requires it.
Landlords of HMOs have a number of extra responsibilities, including:
• Carrying out annual gas safety checks
• Making sure the property isn’t overcrowded
• Providing enough waste bins for number of tenants in the
• Providing cooking and washing facilities suitable for number
• Maintaining communal areas and facilities
The floor area of a room used as sleeping accommodation by:
• Anyone 10+ cannot be less than 6.51 square metres
• Two people10+ cannot be less than 10.22 square metres
• Anyone under 10 cannot be less than 4.64 square metres
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