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Private sector housing

Houses in multiple occupation and mandatory or landlord licences

A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a house or flat which is occupied by more than one household (i.e. people that are unrelated or not living as a couple) who share amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. The landlord may or may not live in the house. 

Under the Housing Act 2004 certain larger HMO's require a mandatory licence from the local authority. Please note that although this licence is sometimes known as a 'landlord licence', this is to licence the property, not the landlord. 

More information on HMO's can be found on the Gov.uk website or alternatively contact the Regulatory services department using the online enquiry form.

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