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Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)

According to the Housing Act 2004, an HMO is a building or part of a building that is occupied by persons forming two or more households, however, mandatory HMOs (those that require a license) are defined as having three or more stories and are occupied by at least five people, forming at least two households. Please refer to the DASH HMO licensing – Landlord guide for more information around what constitutes an HMO and how to manage them.

By October 2018, the requirements for mandatory HMOs are set to change. They will then be defined as a building or part of a building that is occupied by five or more persons forming two or more households, regardless of the number of stories. 

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