Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
What is a HMO?
A house in multiple occupation is a property which:
- Has 3 or more unrelated people living there as at least 2 separate households – for example, 3 single people with their own rooms, or 2 couples each sharing a room
- In which the 3 or more people living there share the same basic amenities, such as a kitchen or bathroom
This definition not only encompasses the traditional bedsit type accommodation but also any instances where people share any facilities. In cases of student accommodation it should be noted that each student constitutes a single household, therefore shared student houses fall under the definition of a HMO.
Broxtowe Borough Council operates a mandatory HMO licensing scheme.
Landlords must get a licence if the HMO has 5 or more unrelated people live in it who from 2 or more separate households.
HMOs don't need to be licensed if they are managed or owned by a housing association or co-operative, a council, a health service or a police or fire authority or if the HMO does not meet the threshold for requiring a licence. However, all HMOs need to comply with the rules and regulations of HMOs. Advice is available on the Shelter website.