Borough Council of Wellingborough

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The Council is responsible for checking Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to make sure they are in a satisfactory condition, have adequate means of escape from fire, sufficient bathrooms and kitchens, adequate space and proper management.

A house in multiple occupation is a property rented out by 2 or more unrelated occupants (who are not from 1 ‘household’ e.g. a family) that share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all of the following apply:

  • it’s rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • it’s at least 3 storeys high
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Even if your property is smaller and rented to fewer people, you may still need to follow the requirements for two storey house in Multiple Occupation

Typical Requirements for an HMO

  1. Fire Precautions
  2. Space Standards
  3. Facilities (see below)
HMO Register Register of Houses in multiple occupancy
  Free to view at Council Offices.
Empty Homes Work undertaken by Private Sector Housing Team