Houses in Multiple Occupation / shared homes
Your home will probably be a house in multiple occupation (HMO)/shared home if:
three or more unrelated people live there as at least 2 separate households - for example, 3 single people with their own rooms, or 2 couples each sharing a room
the people living there share basic amenities - like a kitchen and/or bathroom.
An HMO can be either:
a house split into separate bedsits/self-contained flats
a shared house or shared flat, where people have separate renting agreements
a bed-and-breakfast hotel that isn't just for holidays
shared accommodation for students - although many halls of residence and other types of student accommodation owned by educational establishments aren't classed as HMOs.
If you live in an HMO, your landlord must meet certain standards and obligations.
Responsibilities of a HMO landlord.
Landlord and tenant responsibilities for repairs.
Your landlord must apply for a mandatory HMO licence to the Council if it is occupied by 5 or more unrelated people who share amenities such as a kitchen and/or bathrooms.