What is a HMO?
The term ‘HMO’ stands for House of Multiple Occupation or House in Multiple Occupancy and has also been referred to as a ‘house share’.
A HMO is any property with the following combination(s) of tenants;
- 3 or more tenants
- with shared facilities like a bathroom or kitchen
- Or more than 1 household
A household is defined as;
- A single person, or several members of the same family who live together.
- Each tenant from a separate family is classed as a separate household.
How is the term ‘family’ defined?
- Married couples who live together
- Two persons living together
- Including couples in same sex relationships
- Relatives or half relatives count as the same ‘family’. This includes; grandparents, step parents, aunts, uncles, siblings & step siblings.
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