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England | Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (England) | Responsibilities and Liabilities (England)

Is a couple plus a friend sharing a property an HMO?

9 Sep 2020 | 2 comments

I always thought 2 households could occupy one property but reading the latest information, it look as though I could be wrong. It seems that 2 individuals can share a flat but a couple plus 1 friend makes the property an HMO. Is that right?

What other measures should I be taking if the property already has an annual gas saftey check and a valid 5 year EICR as well as hard wired smoke alarms?

I get a lot of people (especially in the current climate) asking to share a property with a friend. I am right to be turning them down as it would make the property an HMO.



  1. kaysproperty

    Me again, going back to this question and I’ve had an enquiry from a boyfriend & girlfriend plus her cousin wanting to rent a property. Are they classed as 1 household (as the cousin is family) or 2?

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