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.
The Housing Act 2004 requires large HMOs to be licensed to ensure minimum standards of safety and maintenance.
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.
Public HMO Register
The Housing Act 2004 requires that local authorities hold a public register of all registered HMOs.