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What types of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) must be licensed?

Mandatory HMO licensing was introduced in April 2006, and more information on this can be found on our Housing Act 2004 page.

A building or part of a building is an HMO if it meets one of the following tests:

The Standard test: Any building in which two or more families/ individuals share basic amenities.

The Self-contained flat test: Any flat in which two or more families/ individuals share basic amenities.

The Converted building test: Any converted building which comprises of one or more units of accommodation that are not self contained.

Certain converted blocks of flats: a poorly converted building which comprises of self contained flats that does not meet the 1991 Building Regulation Standards and more than one third of the flats are occupied on short tenancies.

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