Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
If you own a property occupied by people who don’t form a single household and who share access or any other facility, your property is a 'House in Multiple Occupation' (HMO) and it must usually be registered and in some cases licensed.
HMOs are often called house shares. They must usually be:
- Licensed if they house five or more occupants, or more than two households, or are three or more storeys.
- Registered in all cases
- Maintained to a certain standard
- Inspected by us
If you don't register or license an HMO with us when required, it may be an offence punishable on conviction by a fine of up to £20,000.
Typical examples of HMOs
- A house let as individual bedsits
- A group of rooms on each floor let to single occupants
- Hostels, some hotels and guesthouses
- Lodgings and shared houses
- Houses converted into self-contained flats
Register or license an HMO
Please note we are a shared service between Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils.
Here are the standards you are required to comply with as an HMO landlord: