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An HMO exists where there are 3 or more occupiers living in the same property, not members of the same household (not related) and sharing facilities. There is a separate definition where a building comprises of converted self-contained flats and the standard of conversion does not meet the 1991 Building Regulations and more than a third of the flats are let under an AST.
Since 1st October 2018 it has been a requirement that HMOs are licensed under mandatory licensing. Currently mandatory licensing applies nationwide to HMOs that:
- Are occupied by 5 or more people living in two or more single households; and
- The occupiers share basic amenities such as washing and cooking facilities.