A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least three people who are not from one household, such as a family, but share facilities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

Find out more about HMOs on GOV.UK

The Housing Act 2004 requires large HMOs to be licensed to ensure minimum standards of safety and maintenance.

View Shelter’s guidance about HMO standards

When you need a HMO licence

A HMO needs to be licensed if it has five or more tenants, forming two or more households and using shared facilities such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens.

View the landlord’s guide to HMOs

Public HMO Register

The Housing Act 2004 requires that local authorities hold a public register of all registered HMOs.

View our HMO register