HMO is short for House in Multiple Occupation. But what is this?
There is a lot of confusion about the definition particularly as there are four different kinds of HMOs which all have different rules. However, in a landlord and tenant context, ‘HMO’ normally means the type of HMO which is subject to licensing and which is defined by s254 of the Housing Act 2004.
This type of HMO will normally arise when there are three or more residents who form two or more ‘households’.
They are subject to various regulations, in particular:
Landlord Law has a huge amount of information about HMOs which can be divided into: