Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), is defined under sections 254 & 257 of the Housing Act 2004. In Hounslow, with very few exceptions, every house in multiple occupation (HMO) must have a licence.

Nationally any HMO that is occupied by five or more persons who form two or more separate households, and who share basic amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom or toilet, will require a license.

This is known as Mandatory Licensing

We consulted on proposals relating to Additional Licensing of HMOs across the borough from October to December 2019. The responses to the consultation were considered in a report to Cabinet on the 17 March 2020

Members considered the report and approved the operation of a borough wide additional HMO Licensing scheme which extends the national mandatory scheme to include;

  • All HMOs as defined by section 254 Housing Act 2004, which are occupied by 3 or more persons in 2 or more households sharing bathroom, toilet and or kitchen facilities, but to exclude purpose-built flats situated in a block comprising 3 or more self-contained flats; and
  • All HMOs, as defined in section 257 of the Housing Act 2004, which consist of converted flats, but only where all the units are privately rented, and where the building and all the flats in the building are either in the same ownership or considered by the housing authority to be effectively in the same control.

 

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