Is this an HMO?

Is this an HMO?

10:54 AM, 20th February 2019, About 3 years ago 43

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I would appreciate your thoughts on whether the following will constitute an HMO:

My husband and I would like to buy a flat and rent out 2 of the rooms to 2 separate people. We would use a third room for ourselves from time to time when we are visiting London.

We would share the kitchen but may have an en-suite.

As we would still only have 2 tenants then there is no HMO as we would only be visiting the flat?

This would not be our principle private residence so we cannot have the 2 occupants as lodgers.

Thanks for your assistance.


Editors Note:

From .Gov >>

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If you let your property to several tenants who are not members of the same family, it may be a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ (HMO).

Your property is an HMO if both of the following apply:

  • at least 3 tenants live there, forming more than one household
  • toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared

A household consists of either a single person or members of the same family who live together. It includes people who are married or living together and people in same-sex relationships.


An HMO must have a licence if it is occupied by 5 or more people. A council can also include other types of HMOs for licensing.

Find out if you need an HMO licence from your council.



16:22 PM, 5th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Neil Patterson at 20/02/2019 - 10:57
In Newham it would require a licence


23:20 PM, 5th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Puzzler at 05/10/2019 - 16:22
Thanks Neil, well I'm still trying this end of the various suggestions should hopefully succeed. I think my friends believe I'm joking when I've told them I can't get any estate agents to take me on, as they take the Mickey out of me and my 'husband' already for looking out for all the elderly neighbours we have, and think we're great tenants (which I'd agree with ... modest too), I'm not sure what they believe, but you can see they think I'm missing out some part of the story, as we still haven't moved after wanting / needing to move for months. Even being a little creative may work but as I initially told many of the agents the truth (here was my first mistake), going back and updating them with my 'new' situation isn't landing with many, but obviously I've no option but to keep pushing and hope to uncover a pearl in the private sector.

Darlington Landlord

13:45 PM, 6th October 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mags at 05/10/2019 - 23:20
Try looking for a self managing Private Landlord who is not using an agent for example on open rent or gumtree

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