Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households.

A household could be a single person or persons related to each other. HMOs are subject to higher standards of safety and management than typical family homes and if you rent out a property as an HMO which has 5 or more occupants you may have to apply to the Council for a licence.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

In the Housing Act 2004, the definition of an HMO is technically complex. This link from Gov.uk provides a brief summary: Houses in Multiple Occupation

An HMO is a property occupied by three or more persons from two or more households; a household could be a single person or persons related to each other.  An HMO can also include a building converted entirely into self-contained flats. 

A household is a family, cohabiting couple or separate individuals. 

Does my HMO require a licence?

Not all HMO's require a licence. From the 1st October 2018, HMOs with 5 or more people sharing facilities will require a licence regardless of the number of storeys.  This includes houses, flats and converted flats.  A purpose built flat in a block with 5 occupants will also require a licence if there are less than 3 flats in the building. For further information see the HMO Guidance for Local Housing Authorities

Visit our HMO Licensing page for guidance on which properties need a licence, how to apply, how much it costs and the conditions and standards that are required.

If your property requires a licence you should apply now.  If you are unsure, please contact us to confirm.  

Management of HMOs

HMOs require a higher level of management than single household properties. Visit our HMO Management page for more information.

Further information

Contact the Private Sector Housing Team by email: psh_enquiries@mendip.gov.uk or call 0300 303 8588.

Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) require a higher level of management than single household properties and specific regulations are in place to ensure this.
Managing an HMO, especially a licensable HMO requires higher standards to be achieved. Below are a number of guides showing the standards that are required.
All of the information provided in your application for a HMO Licence will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).