HMO or House in Multiple Occupation means that there are at least 3 people who are not from not from the same family living together in a property with shared facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. Changing a property into an HMO can be very complex and will require planning permission for a change of use class.

You must have a licence if you’re renting out a large HMO in England or Wales. Your property is defined as a large HMO if all of the following apply:

  • It is rented to 5 or more people who form more than 1 household
  • Some or all tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities
  • At least 1 tenant pays rent (or their employer pays it for them)

In order to secure planning permission to convert a property into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) it must meet all the requirements including the minimum living space. If you are considering converting or purchasing a property to convert into an HMO, we recommend that you speak to one of our expert planning consultants first.

By carrying out a planning appraisal we can advise you on the feasibility, process, timescales, likelihood of success and answer any other questions that you have. Once we know exactly what is required for your project, we will provide you an accurate quote for us to help you.

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