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Houses in Multiple Occupation
Is your property a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)?

It will be an HMO if it is one of the following:
  • A shared house lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**.
  • A house divided into bedsits lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**.
  • An individual flat lived in by people who belong to more than one family* and who share one or more facilities**.
  • A building of self-contained flats that do not meet 1991 Building Regulation standards.
Exemptions:
  • If it is occupied by only two people.
  • If it is occupied by the owner (and their family if any) and one or two lodgers.
  • If it is occupied by a religious community.
  • If the occupiers have their main residence elsewhere***.
  • If none of the occupiers are required to pay rent or give other consideration in respect of the living accommodation.
  • If the owner or manager is a public body.
  • If the owner or manager is an educational institution.
  • A building of self-contained flats if two thirds or more of the flats are owner-occupied.
  • If the property is part of a guest house or hotel (unless an ‘HMO Declaration’ is made)
*Family - husband, wife, co-habitee, child, step-child, foster-child, grandchild, parent, step-parent, foster-parent, grandparent, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin.
**Facilities - basic amenities: wc; wash hand basin, shower, bath; cooking facilities.
***Accommodation used by full-time students while they are studying is taken to be their main residence.



Tenant Finding Service for Houses in Multiple Occupation, the following rates apply:
If you’ve got an HMO, we offer discounts on our normal rates for our Tenant Finding Service.


  • £275.00 per individual let
  • £390.00 for two individual sharers
  • £580.00 for three individual sharers
  • £770.00 for four individual sharers
  • £960.00 for five individual sharers

These prices include full referencing, credit checking, individual tenancy agreements and inventories for all parties. Prices are subject to VAT.