In 2005, significant changes were made to the Housing Act which meant that Houses in Multiple Occupancy came under additional legislation and scrutiny.
This was to protect the people staying in HMO’s whilst ensuring that standards were nationalized and brought up to a decent and safe standard.
Generally speaking, all properties where there are more than 2 people sharing who are unrelated is classified as a HMO. However, what this means in practice is that HMO’s need to meet national standards of rental accommodation.
None of this is too onerous and is general commonsense.Read More