House of multiple occupation

Tenants do not need to advise us that they have moved in, if the property they are renting is classed as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO). This is because the owner or landlord rather than the resident is responsible for the payment.

A property may be classified as a house of multiple occupation if, a dwelling is inhabited by persons who do not constitute a single household, each of whom either:

  • is a tenant of, or has a licence to occupy, only part of the dwelling; or
  • has a licence to occupy but is not liable (whether alone or jointly with the other persons) to pay rent or a licence fee in respect of the dwelling as a whole.