Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) can offer good quality affordable accommodation to people who cannot afford to buy their own homes and are not eligible for housing by the Council.
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is defined as:
- an entire house or flat which is let to 3 or more tenants who form 2 or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet
- a house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to 3 or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities
- a converted house which contains one or more flats which are not completely self contained (ie the flat does not have a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by 3 or more tenants who form two or more households
- a building (or part of a building) which is converted entirely into self-contained flats, if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations, and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies
- in order to be an HMO the property must be used as the tenants' only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants - properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties used as domestic refuges
A household is a single person or members of the same family living together. This includes both people who are married or cohabiting (living together), people in a same-sex relationship, any member of a family (aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandparents, grandchildren (all of which include partners), step children and foster children. It also includes occupiers who are unrelated, living with a family such as carers, au pairs or nannies. Friends occupying a house on a shared tenancy are viewed as multiple households.
Landlord accreditation scheme
If you let or manage property in Hackney, give tenants confidence that you are a good landlord or agent by joining the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS). It aims to recognise good practice and improve conditions in the private rented sector.