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Houses of multiple occupation

A house of multiple occupation (HMO) is defined as a dwelling that is occupied by two or more persons not living as a single household, but sharing certain facilities such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens.

When determining whether a group of occupants form a single household, an enforcing authority will assess a number of areas, e.g. tenancy agreements, use of communal areas, relationship between residents, locks on bedroom doors, etc.

A household may comprise of a single person, a family of six people, or a couple living as partners.

Categories of HMOs

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has grouped HMOs into six categories, dependent on their type of multi-occupancy. The categories are as follows:

The most common types of HMO are:

When a property is in multiple occupation, the risk of fire breaking out is greater than in an ordinary single family home. Some of the reasons for this are:

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