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Homes of multiple occupancy

Houses (and Flats) in Multiple Occupation HMO

At its simplest a House in Multiple Occupation is a dwelling that is occupied by three or more people in two or more households (households essentially means a family group) and two or more households share at least one basic amenity (kitchen, bathroom, toilet).

Some buildings that are converted into self-contained flats can also be HMOs. This is defined in section 257 of the Housing Act 2004.  

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