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Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

A house in multiple occupation “HMO” is defined in the Housing Act 2004 as a building or part of a building that is occupied by persons forming two or more households.

HMOs occupied by five people or more people, forming at least two households, must be licensed by the Council. 

Further information is available on our pages on Is my property an HMO? and Managing an HMO.

Planning approval may also be required for HMOs within the City of Lincoln.  Information on planning requirements and Article 4 can be found on our Houses in Multiple Occupation page.

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